When I’ve visited with mothers and fathers who have new babies, I first notice the pride they exhibit in simply holding their precious children. Their faces shine with a joy that shows what an incomparable experience being a new parent truly is. After a few weeks, however, something else begins to show on the parent’s faces: exhaustion!
Nothing can prepare a father and mother for the unrelenting job of meeting the basic human needs of their little one. My friend’s son, who was just three when his new baby brother was born, summed up the experience this way: “My baby brother sleeps, eats, and gets his diaper changed, and then he cries. He cries all the time! It makes my ears hurt!”
The cry of the newborn is, at birth, sweet music to the anxious parent’s ears. But after several nights of interrupted sleep, endless feeding schedules, and multitudes of diaper changes, the infant cry begins to sound more like an unending alarm clock. Time to feed the baby, time to burp the baby, time to change the baby, time to feed the baby, time to burp the baby, time to change the baby…you get the idea! But have you ever thought that the Lord hears a baby’s cry as praise?
In Psalms 8:2, the psalmist David proclaims, “ From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…” NIV. The miraculous first cry of a baby is a testament to the delightful, creative power of the God of the universe! God has given the gift of life, and has entrusted the soul of a precious child to his or her new mother and father. He numbers the baby’s days and writes them in His book “before one of them came to be.”*
The new parents may be tired, and may grow weary tending to the constant needs of their newborn, but they can be assured that God hears their babies cries, and to His ears, they are, indeed, praise!
Psalm 139:13-14: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” NIV
*Psalm 139:16 NIV
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Dee, thank you for your critique of my writing. I just had to read one of yours, and was thrilled to have chosen the one that I did. I am 79 years old, but I've never forgoten the time of those baby crys. Such a wonderful job of covering this subject. Thank-you for reminding me.
Your description of the crying baby brought emotional flashbacks of when I brought my babies home from the hospital. I think I was actually frowning as I read your article. I'm so glad that you turned the crying into something of worship! It makes those sleepless nights seem more bearable. I'll remember your words when I have my last baby!
Thank you Dee. This is just what I needed to prepare for a meeting this week on giving as an opportunity. That's exactly the way God hears our cries and immediately ministers to us. We do well to take a leaf out of this book. Point very well made.