For Thou art my hope;
O Lord God, Thou art my confidence from my youth,
By Thee I have been sustained from my birth;
Thou art He who took me from my mother's womb;
My praise is continually of Thee
I have become a marvel to many;
For Thou art my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with Thy praise
And with Thy glory all day long.
This Psalm is meaningful to us because God did indeed sustain Sammy in my womb through a very difficult pregnancy. I firmly believe that if Sammy had been born even one day earlier he would not have survived. Sammy has truly become a marvel to many due to the grace and healing power of God.
This verse is dedicated to the memory of Kaylie Anderson, daughter of Mark and Sandy Anderson, and sister to Jessica and Noah, her baby brother who was born a year after her death. We met the Andersons at LLUMC at the NICU and saw them praying together over the precious daughter Kaylie. Kaylie was born with a very rare condition called heterotaxy where the organs inside her body were reversed. She had several holes in her heart that had to be surgically repaired. Kaylie spent many more months in the hospital than Sam did. Kaylie eventually went home to live with her parents with a trach tube and a g tube. Right before her first birthday, Kaylie went home to live with her heavenly Father, free of tubes, wires and pain.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
Isaiah 41:10, 13
These verses was printed on a card and put on one of the meal trays that I had when I was a patient in labor and delivery. My amniotic sac had completely ruptured, they were trying to stop labor with a drug called Magnesium Sulfate, and the birth of our child was imminent, but his survival seemed impossible. God did give us the strength to get through the frightening weeks of my pregnancy, and the terrifying days right before delivery. Steve still has the original card, and carries it around with him in his wallet.
So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son.
She named him Samuel, saying,
"Because I asked the Lord for him."
1 Samuel 1:20
Samuel wasn't the name we had originally picked out for our son. When he was born under such dire circumstances, the name we picked out just didn't seem to fit. We knew that he needed a special name, even if it was to be placed on a death certificate. I asked the nurse to bring me a book on baby's names when I was still in post-partum. I saw the name Samuel and read that it meant "asked for of God" and I knew that this was the name for our child. My husband and I asked God to continue to sustain our Samuel. We soon were visited by the neonatologist who informed us that our son was amazing everyone with his strength. We chose Maxwell for Sammy's middle name. It was the middle name of Steve's beloved father who went by the name of "Max." It is also Steve's middle name. Maxwell means "great."
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