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.”
Cohen and Heath were born at 29 weeks and 6 days at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. They lived in the NICU for 90 days attended by skilled doctors and nurses whose extraordinary training met the boys’ physical and medical needs and also showed incredible care and compassion. During the first year of their lives all thoughts were about survival but after that came thoughts of learning and integration in their home and community. Would they meet milestones, develop language for communication, enjoy playing with other children, and go to school?
When the boys turned one I started providing therapy services to them in their home. In the beginning we focused on skills like playing appropriately and learning to ask for toys and foods that they wanted and they excelled eventually using vocal language instead of sign. Over the next years the boys continued to work with therapists who focused on building skill that would allow them to be fully incorporated into all natural environments.
These brothers made incredible strides. They are now 3 years old and we run an in-home preschool program for them preparing them to enter a school based preschool program independently in the fall. These boys are so interested in learning, they love to play, and they TALK, TALK, TALK!!!
In our home preschool we introduced a Bible literacy program and they love it. Their favorite part of our day together is studying our daily Bible lesson. They have learned so much about the Bible and know that Jesus loves them and knew them before they were born. Depending on the week, if you ask them what they want to be when they grow up, they will tell you they want to be Moses, Joshua, Jonah, the big fish, or Peter the fisherman.
My prayer for Cohen and Heath is that they will come to love the Word of the Lord more and more each and use it to light their walk and heed the call we all have to become fishers of men.
I am thankful that the Lord has given me the opportunity to serve these precious boys and tell them of His love for them. I am also thankful for our Children’s and Youth ministries and the dedicated leaders who share the gospel with boys and girls and young men and women.
Prayer: Dear Father, I am thankful for your call to serve Cohen and Heath. I am thankful for the call many others in our church have received to serve our children and youth. Give us a boldness to teach your Word with conviction and tell of your excellent greatness, mercy, and grace beyond all comprehension. Help us show love and compassion to each and every child and youth we encounter. In the words of Nehemiah, “Let me be your successful servant.” In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.