The Adoration of the Christ Child

The Adoration of the Christ Child
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Everything in its Right Place

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Good Friday indeed

Five years ago on Good Friday we lived in Erlangen, Germany. Adam was seven months old, and had gone in to the hospital on March 28 to have heart surgery that would fix the two large holes in his heart. He was in the hospital for 3 weeks and one day. The worst day of his whole time in hospital was that Good Friday. His blood pressure was dangerously low, so low they didn't tell me at the time. They feared he would die. I lived in blissful ignorance.

I remember going to the rehearsal of the choir I sang with in Germany. We were due to sing a set of Good Friday music, but as I had been at the hospital so much I had to drop out. I had a bit of time free that Friday while Adam was asleep, so I went to the church and listened. The music was beautiful, so beautiful that I couldn't bear it and left, after sobbing my way through the first half. Knowing the contrast between all that they were singing and all that was happening five minutes away was more than my heart could bear.

Interestingly though, and quite apart from any coincidence: the day Adam finally was able to come off the ventilator and into my arms, his best day so far, was Sunday. Easter Sunday. So the significance of this time of year, of all that Christ was and is, is not lost on our family.

This year, yesterday on Good Friday, we went for a hike. Our first ever family hike. We completed--yes, completed--a walk of 1.5 miles. And Adam walked most of the way himself. He also jogged a bit, sat and threw rocks into a puddle with his brother (and got FILTHY!), asked to be held, touched our faces, and smiled. In general, he was whole, and healthy, and alive. I am grateful for Adam's transformation over the years, for the person he is and the family we are because of he and his brother.

It is very much a Good Friday. And He is risen indeed.


Amie Vaughan said...

oh my life. what a great link to holy week and easter. this brought tears to my eyes.

on a completely selfish and unrelated note... i'm sometimes a slacker and don't get around to reading posts til four or five too late. would you be totally opposed to changing the comments to the pop-up window format, so that i don't have to go back and forth and back and forth to read and comment? =D pleeeeease?

Stephanie Brock said...

sure thing, but how do you do it?? :)