Our newest grandson has been a guest of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the past week. He has been making several remarkable advances and hopefully he will be released in the near future.
Little miracles occur daily. Simple activities that are expected with a newborn are slowly coming to pass. It time to celebrate when he can breathe easily without the ventilator, then with only 3 liters of Oxygen to finally being able to tolerate room air. Then from having a ventilator in his mouth, to tolerating a pacifier to actually taking oral feedings. Having to wait days to hold your baby, to being able to hold his hand in the incubator and finally to hold him.....with all the cords attached to him. And now, my adult children finally will be able to dress their infant son tomorrow. There are still obstacles to overcome, but there are small tender mercies noted every few hours.
Elder Bednar gave a wonderful talk on "Tender Mercies" a few years ago. I feel that this quote certainly fits this situation:
"We should not underestimate or overlook the power of the Lord’s tender mercies. The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live."
We are thankful for the small miracles medically, spiritually, and through the kindness of family, friends, and church members. The Lord is always mindful of us all.