The state terminated parental rights of a toddler’s birth parents after determining the couple could not adequately care for the child.  Ms. Smith, a woman who had cared for the infant since birth, was given custody of the child. She said, “It was a very bittersweet emotional feeling to now have a child that I would never have had. I experienced this tremendous gain and happiness in my life where others were experiencing the opposite.”

The infant had been born premature and abandoned at the hospital with only staff to provide care until Smith, a medical staff person, starting caring for the baby. She remembers the infant’s health condition then and marvels at her child’s growth and development. “I can’t believe the strides she has made and how healthy and strong she’s become. Her resilience is inspiring.”

Smith says we often talk about the power of love, but to experience it firsthand and to witness how it can transform the lives of two individuals is unbelievably rewarding. “I have never been happier or stronger and I just can’t imagine life without her.”

Caring for and loving a child or another person has an enormous impact on an individual’s life, both physically and mentally.  The song “Love is a Hurting Thing” by Lou Rawls describes how being in love has its ups and downs. The lyrics explain the downside of loving someone whose love may be conditional. “One day happiness the next day, loneliness. When love brings so much joy why must it bring such pain. Guess it’s a mystery that nobody can explain. Maybe I’m a fool to keep on loving you because there may come a time, you’ll break my heart in two.”

For Smith, her life and her daughter’s have changed dramatically for the better. She says her daughter continues “to teach her the beautiful meaning of life and motherhood.”

Love is powerful and I would be remiss not to share with you one of my favorite Bible verses. “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; It is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” So, remember that love is the foundation for happiness and longevity in any relationship. And Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

 

By Chaplain Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net