Griffin is Born Today

Griffin, my newest grandson, was born today. He weighed in at 9 pounds 10 ounces and is 21 inches long. He is healthy and well. When my daughter called me with the news in the middle of the night I could hear Griffin's newborn baby sounds all the way from Pennsylvania. I felt so deeply grateful that he had arrived safely and all was well with his mother. I couldn't go back to sleep because I kept thinking about the miracle of him.

Today I also went to the viewing of a beautiful little girl who died just days before she would have been born. Seeing the grieving mother, father, brothers and sister deepened my profound awe at this fragile gift of life.

Our lives, no matter how brief, have great meaning. Part of that meaning is great joy at birth and profound grief at death. We can't have one without the other. So today we celebrate the value of each soul and the quiet dignity of all life. Only through pain do our hearts open to the wondrous gift of life.

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shirlgirl said...

Congratulations on your newest grandchild--it must be so hard for you to be in Utah and your daughter and her husband in Pennsylvania. Congratulations to the new Mom and Dad as well. So sorry about the little baby that died and how difficult it is for the parents and siblings--so very sad. They say that with every birth comes a death, but it shouldn't be a baby/child.

Janene Baadsgaard said...

Great to hear from you Shirley.