Recently our sixth grandchild was born to our son, Dan, and his wife, Liz. He is a beautiful little boy named Silas. Lisa and I were getting ready for work that morning when we received a text from Dan letting us know that they were at the hospital and that there might be a baby here later this afternoon. The hospital is about four hours from us so I was trying to decide whether to go in to work for a little bit or to take the whole day off and head right down there. Lisa began packing a bag. About half an hour later we received another text stating that the baby would definitely be here by noon. Now we are in a hurry trying to get on the road. Less than ten minutes after that came a third text that said, “Breach, emergency C-section. He’s here”. Silas was born and we were not even out of the garage yet.
Once we were there we got a more detailed picture of the morning events. As we realized the stressful situation our kids had been through a few hours earlier I felt bad that I had not been there. I know that it was impossible. Everything happened so fast there was just no way to make it there in time but you still like to be there for your kids when they are facing difficult situations.
When our first grandchild, Annalee, was born to our son Tim and his wife, Leslee, Lisa and I were out of town. There were no indications that the baby was coming yet so we felt free to leave town to visit some friends. Bright and early the next morning we received a call that she was on her way. We gathered our belongings, jumped in the car, and were on our way within minutes. We were still hours away when Tim called to let us know there were complications. I could hear the concern in his voice and wanted so bad to be there. This also resulted in an emergency C-section and everyone was fine.
I am very proud of both of these young men for how they were there for their wives and children. That is what love does. There is not always a lot you can do but care, and pray, and wait; but to come along side and help carry the burden in any way you can. The Bible says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).