Last Sunday morning was a little hectic at my in-laws' house. Due to a pending snowstorm, our travel plans had to be adjusted, causing us to leave a day earlier than expected. Because of packing and saying goodbye to other relatives, it seemed that going to church was unlikely, but we decided to make it work.
I am so glad we went. What a unique approach to a New Year's Day service. The message was about redemption and our new life in Christ, with an emphasis on receiving individual communion. Due to the large size of the church, getting up to partake of communion took quite a long time, but as we waited we sang beautiful songs to prepare our hearts. I was in tears as we sang "The Old Rugged Cross"--not only are the words powerful, but it is one of my dad's favorite hymns and I think of him every time I hear it. It was during that song that our pew was motioned to make our way to a communion station.
The older gentleman who served the juice looked into my eyes, and said, "This is Christ's blood shed for you, and the little one, too." My tears flowed at that tender and true but unanticipated statement. Yes, Lord, you shed Your blood for me, and for this unborn child. What a gift. As I reflected on my life in Christ as well as the little life growing inside me, I burst into tears again when we sang the line "You are Lord of all." This pregnancy has not been an easy one, and I have definitely battled anxiety about the unknowns. And yet, I KNOW: He is Lord of ALL.
Next week, Eric and I will travel to a nearby bigger city to see a specialist and have a 3D ultrasound. We'd appreciate your prayers as we continue this journey, and I will share an update when we have one.