We had such a great day today with family and friends. CeCe was dedicated at church today. Below is the text from our part of the service...
When we first received CeCe's diagnosis last June, we were devastated. We knew nothing about Spina Bifida...we didnt know that it is the #1 permanently disabling birth defect....we didn't know anyone that had ever had it.....and the picture the doctors painted was bleak. They told us things that no parent wants to hear about their unborn child. But God was there even then...He was working to teach us patience. He was testing our resolve. He was testing our Faith.
Brian and I rushed straight to Doug's office after leaving the doctor's office that day last June trying to make sense of it all...trying to figure out...why her, why us, why now? Doug said something that day that will be forever burned into my memory...he prayed with us that this baby would "confound" her doctors. I don't know if thay have felt so confounded, but I know we have. We did the only thing we could that day...We gave her to God.
Fast Forward to today....while there is still so much of CeCe's story yet to be told, she is here with us today as a testament to God's grace, his will and the prayers of his people. I asked Brian this week to pick one verse that he thinks sums up his feelings about today and he chose John 13:34-35 A new command I give you. Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
We will never be able to begin to thank you all for your love, prayer, and support for Little Miss CeCe. We have felt wrapped in your and God's warmth from the diagnosis. What a blessing we have been given to be part of such a church body.
CeCe has had people all over the world prayng for her...family, friends, and even strangers. They have followed her story and our journey and she has touched people's hearts in a way we never knew was possible. We truly, with all our hearts believe that she is a direct result of the prayers that have been lifted up to God. HE made her prognosis better and better at each doctor's visit. HE calmed our minds and soothed our thoughts. HE allowed her doctor to exclaim...:this child will walk!". The bible verse I picked has been guided me throughout this time is...Isaiah 40:28-31 Do you know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew thier strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they wil run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. This is the prayer I pray for my daughter, my miracle.
You are truly God's people and know that as you have been there for us, we promise to stand by you...know that we've got your back.