Mother’s Day is approaching. I was impacked by a video I watched this morning. A mother had given birth to twins, a boy and a girl prematurely. There is always a risk a baby will not make it when born prematurely. This was so with the little boy. The doctor gave the “dead” baby into the mothers arms and left her alone with her husband. The mother laid the baby on her heart, the father put his arms around him keeping him warm with their body heat. The mother spoke to her baby and told him how much he was loved and about all his extended family that he belonged to. She continued speaking lovingly and tenderly. The baby began to breathe and move. The doctor said “No, he is dead.” But the little boy lived and is now a healthy five year old. There was life in the words the mother spoke over her lifeless child. God is love and as we show love and speak love it brings life. This speaks to me of a saying that love is stronger than death.
Love is expressed through touch. When a baby is born he has to go through the squeeze to be born, comes from a cosy, warm place into a cooler room and has to gasp for breath? Surely it must be stressed, poor thing. My daughter is an Obstetrician surgeon. He helps some mothers give birth. Her hands are the first hands that hold those new borns. She speaks life over the mother and baby. Another daughter is a Mid Wife sister. Her hands too are the first that hold many newly born babies.
There is a song that goes “Love lifted me” by Kenny Rodgers. I think of it today.
When my husband and family learned I had cancer their love lifted me and helped me heal and live. Others showed their love by visiting me and bringing gifts.
Mother Teresa lifted people who were dying from the gutter. She and her nurses held them and comforted them. Many widows and widowers enjoy going to the hairdresser. The hairdresser’s hands may be the only ones that touch them all week. When a marriage breaks down or one is bereaved the one thing people have told me is they miss being touched.
We make a promise “To have and to hold from this day forward, till death do us part.” When I made those vows I did not know how important having someone to hold was. The love between a couple grows into holding a child. Love grows and brings life and increase.
Jesus said, “they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:18 NIV)
Holding someone who is sick brings comfort and love and makes them better. The power of God is in love and touch. Nurses do a great job. When I was in hospital, having children, with a broken arm or with cancer the nurses comforted me, reassured me and drove away my fears.