Speaking of the boy, Samuel is already 7 weeks old. To add insult to injury, he's already outgrown every newborn outfit we have. He never even had a chance to wear some of them. They say kids grow up fast but wearing 3 month clothes at 6 weeks? Might as well have left for college.
Amidst all his growing, he's joined in quite well on our recent travels. Perhaps it's the adrenaline of survival mode, or increased fatigue impairing my judgement, but I'm convinced he's easier to manage while we're traveling than when we are home.
Last week, Samuel went on his first plane ride. I was a bit nervous, remembering all the times I saw babies boarding the plane I was going to be on. I hoped our fellow passengers were more gracious to me as I remembered my own chagrin. Thankfully, he slept the entire flight and I was only slightly sore from the constant patting and rocking this required. Whew.
That Friday night, Samuel finally got to meet his Uncle Kent. It was a precious moment. These boys gave us quite the week not so long ago, and it was overwhelming to see them together. Samuel's birthday will always be linked to that intense time of prayer and searching as Kent suffered with Ebola. He was born when we didn't know what was to come, during the darkest part of Kent's struggle. To see Samuel spending time with his Uncle Kent and Aunt Amber during the several days we spent together was oh so sweet.
The picture (left) is of Kent holding Samuel for the first time. It was taken with my phone, in poor lighting, with little thought to framing, but is one of the best pictures I've ever taken. There are no words to say how thankful I am that these two were able to be in this picture together, something we prayed for quite specifically as he was born. We wanted Samuel to meet his Uncle Kent. Praise be to GOD - we now look forward to many more precious moments all together.
There is an ongoing tragedy and nightmare continuing to ravage West Africa, and beyond. We continue to ask for your fervent prayers; that you would pray the way you prayed for Kent, for all of West Africa and all affected by this horrible disease.
On the NBC Special that aired an interview with Kent an Amber, Kent was asked about why his faith saved him, but not others. Kent answered this incredibly well on the spot. It's the hardest of questions. I personally believe it has a lot to do with the difference of the power of prayer. I believe that prayer saved Kent's life, and without the incredible intercession that took place, I don't think he would be with us today. I believe prayer makes a difference, that it can change outcomes, and I believe it can do that for those continuing to suffer from Ebola in West Africa. I believe prayer allows us to tap into the available power and Love of GOD to intervene on earth, bringing His Kingdom, and changing outcomes from death to LIFE.
Please join us in constant prayer for an end to this Ebola epidemic. Please pray for strength for Kent as he continues to heal, and for time for he and Amber and their kids to rest and rejoice as a family. Pray for the Spirit to help them discern between their countless opportunities as they are given incredible platforms to speak to the glory of God.