Grace Marie Porter
You haven’t lived until you have seen a room of Jewish 70-year-olds doing The Funky Chicken. I have lived a full life and may now die in peace.
Today I decided I needed some sleep. I was starting to feel a little on the exhausted side, and I knew that being tired would heighten the emotion of today being Grace’s birthday. So I slept through breakfast and chose to stay behind while the guests took a road trip to a nearby village. I did some laundry, prepared some VBS video ideas with Anna, and helped April out a little with preparing Ben’s birthday party (her Ben, who is 9 – not my Ben who is…. older). Big Ben mowed the grounds and then left with Dave Hatfield for another church visit on behalf of Polish Christian Ministries.
Some of you might have put two and two together in that last paragraph and realized that we attended a child’s birthday party today, on what would have been Grace’s 8th birthday. Emotional? Yes. I wouldn’t have been able to handle it the first year. But God’s grace is sufficient, and He has had His healing hand on me for 8 years. Many of you offered special prayers on my behalf today, and I have a wonderful husband who takes care of me. Instead of sinking into a state of heartache, I found myself thinking that God is using Grace’s life for His purposes this year more than ever – and that is something to celebrate. Although I did choke up a little when my mind filled in her name during the “Happy Birthday” song, I think I made it through the day fairly well. Thank you to all who said an extra prayer for me today. Say one more… I’m about to try to go to sleep!
I guess I’ve decided to share this video with you…. although I think I look terrible and I had to chop down what I was going to say into such a short statement that I think it sounds stupid. It is the TV announcement of the infant loss event happening next week. Radio recording is Monday. (Crazy!)
Published on TV Masuria