Sunday, December 8, 2013

Remembering Journey Hope

Journey Hope
December 8, 2006 - December 9, 2006
"A lifetime of joy in a moment's time"

My best friend, Angela, and her husband, Dave are celebrating the seventh birthday of their precious daughter in heaven today.  I wanted to share with you a few thoughts about her.

Angela and Journey

I can't believe it's been seven years since this little miracle came into the world.  I was so blessed to have the opportunity to walk beside them during this joyous and devastating time.  I had the privilege of meeting and holding her during her eleven short hours on earth.

It's a moment I will never forget.  What a treasure it was to hold an amazing miracle!  To kiss her and snuggle with her.

Angela found out that Journey had a cephalic disorder {anencephally} before 20 weeks.  Most babies with this disorder are not able to survive birth and many physicians recommend termination of the pregnancy (abortion) or early labor induction.  

After prayerfully considering everything the doctor's said and after consulting with their pastor, they knew they had to continue with the pregnancy.   They knew that they needed to place Journey's life in God's hands; that only He could determine the minutes and hours in her life.  They chose to live their lives with hope and amazing love.

The doctors said that Journey would never open her eyes, she would never take a bottle, never acknowledge their existence.  

We prayed every single day for a miracle; that God would heal her of this condition.  God did not choose to heal her of anencephally.  But God did do a miracle and gave Dave and Angela the gift of eleven hours with her.  They fed her, held her, experienced her grip on their fingers, and so much  more than experts ever said they would!  

If you see me crying during either of these songs at church, Blessed be your Name and How Great is Our God, know that it's because I'm remembering Journey and her precious life.  You see I stood next to Dave and Angela at Journey's funeral and listened to them belting out these songs with tears streaming down their faces.  

Dave and Angela, I know you miss her every day. I want you to know that she is loved and remembered today.  Her life on this earth may have been short, but she lives on in the hearts and lives of so many.  Her life had purpose and meaning and I can't wait to be reunited with her someday!  

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  1. What a beautiful post - what an amazing friend you are to them. What a miracle Journey was.

  2. To have a true friend is a treasure. A friend who loves, remembers, cares, prays and expresses God given heart felt compassion is seldom found. Blessings to Dave and Angela for their trust in our living Lord. You make me proud Amber. This was a well written article and well lived.

  3. I put off reading this because I knew it would make me weep. I cry in church during "When we all Get to Heaven," because we sang it at the funeral of our friends' 4-yr-old. My heart aches and my mind rages that these parents who want their babies, who would love and care for them and raise them to love Jesus, have to walk this dark valley of missing their children here on earth. Lovely post to remember a lovely life.

  4. OK... I am literally WEAPING. I can't even imagine the faith one would need in God to get through that.
    A miracle indeed. God is so so good, ALL THE TIME.

  5. Absolutely beautiful Amber and now my eyes are filled with tears. I can relate in many ways! Thanks for honoring Journey's life, for remembering her, and in doing so validating every emotion Dave and Angela feel!

  6. Thank you for sharing! In 2003, I , too, found out at 20 weeks that our little guy had anencephaly! Like David and Angela, we chose to carry Aaron to term. :-) He lived for 54 minutes, as we held him in our arms, saw him take a few breaths and stare at us. We were also told that he would not open his eyes and may not even survive birth, but GOD is good! We treasure every minute we had with him and are thankful that God allowed us to parent such a special little guy. Perhaps, he and Journey are playing at the feet of Jesus together right now! :-) I am sure your friends are so grateful for you walking along side them!