Dayna and her husband Matt could not wait for parenthood. They even called 2016 the year to ‘celebrate the wins’. But those wins would come with a few complications.
Dayna was pregnant, and after nearly 18 hours of labor Dayna’s body lost strength. Just then, her little girl’s heart rate dropped and both were starting to get fevers. After the complications, however, their baby was born through an emergency C Section on October 23, 2015. They were so thankful. But they were about to learn a lesson that would bring them to their knees.
After their little girl, Luella, had been with them at home for a while, Dayna and Matt were finally ready for their first night without her. They decided to attend a worship service and the message rocked them to the core.
Dayna’s post about it has since gone viral. Here is what she said:
“One of the first times Matt and I left Luella, was to a worship concert. At that conference, a missionary shared his story, and it shook me to the core. A moment that would forever be burned in my fragile, hormone raging, new mommy heart that had already become 100xs more fragile after meeting her.
“That missionary was in an orphanage in Uganda, and he has been in many before, but this one was different. He walked into a nursery with over 100 filled cribs with babes. He listened in amazement and wonder as the only sound he could hear was silence. A sound that is beyond rare in ANY nursery, let alone a nursery where over 100 new babes laid. He turned to his host and asked her why the nursery was silent. Then , her response to him is something I will never, ever forget. EVER. This was my ‘why’ moment.
She looked at him and said, ‘After about a week of them being here, and crying out for countless hours, they eventually stop when they realize no one is coming for them…’
“…They stop crying when they realize no one is coming for them. Not in 10 minutes, not in 4 hours, and maybe, perhaps, not ever…
“I broke. I literally could have picked up pieces of my heart scattered about the auditorium floor. But instead, it stirred in me a longing, a hunger.. A promise in my spirit.
“We came home, and that night as Luella rested her tiny little 10lb body against mine and we rocked, I made a promise to her. A promise that I would always come to her.
“At 2:00am when pitiful desperate squeals come through a baby monitor, I will come to her.
Her first hurt, her first heartbreak, we will come to her. We will be there to hold her, to let her feel, to make decisions on her own, and we will be there. We will show her through our tears and frustrations at times, that it is okay to cry, and it’s ok to feel. That we will always be a safe place, and we will always come to her.”
The post has since been shared over 22,000 times on Facebook and reached millions of people around the world. Its a message of perspective we all need to know and grip tightly to.
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