Heartbroken Family Says ‘Hello’ & ‘Goodbye’ After Mom Carries Baby To Term For Organ Donation
Life is unpredictable. We never know what is going to happen until it happens, because although we may make plans, everything is ultimately in the hands of God.
How we deal with unexpected and difficult times will show how strong our faith is and how deeply we trust God. At the end of every prayer, we say, “Amen,” which means ‘so be it.’
We pray to God in praise and in supplication. Whether or not our prayers are answered depends on God’s grand plan for us. So we say ‘Amen’ in acknowledgment and acceptance that we trust God will do and grant what is best so long as we trust in Him. We say, “Please bless us, but whatever is Your will, so be it”.
It is not easy to truly give ourselves to God like that. We plan and we pray that God blesses those plans to deliver the results that we desire.
When things don’t go as we’d hoped, we have a choice – lose all hope or use that situation and turn it into something good, not necessarily for your own good, but something that might be a blessing to someone else. One young couple faced with something very painful in their lives did just that.
Last year, Royce Young posted a heartbreaking story on Facebook that has had people on the internet overwhelmed with bittersweet emotions.
He wrote: “The other night before I left for New Orleans, I was watching my beautiful wife sleep peacefully on the couch. I looked at her laying there, her belly big with our daughter kicking away, a daughter that won’t live more than a few days, and it just overwhelmed me of how incredible this woman is.” Royce was writing about his wife, Keri, who carried their daughter, Eva, to term just so that little Eva could donate her organs to those who need them.
While Keri was still pregnant, the couple received the despairing news that their daughter had developed in the womb without a brain and so, would not live long after birth.
In such an agonizing time, Keri thought beyond her personal grief and, with tears streaming down her face and through sobs, asked whether Eva’s organs could be donated if she carried the baby to term.
Of that moment, Royce writes, “There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her. I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers.
In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced.”
Keri posted a photo on Facebook of their family where Royce is holding their son Harrison and she is cradling baby Eva. She wrote, “We said hello and goodbye to our sweet Eva yesterday. She was so perfect in her own little way.”
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