Finding Christ In My Baby's Wounds

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Editor’s note: Charisse’s baby had successful heart surgery earlier this week but still has plenty of healing to do. Join us as we continue to pray for this precious little one as she heals and grows, and for her family and medical team. –Lisa

"Finding Christ in my Baby's Wounds" by Charisse Tierney (CatholicMom.com)

Via Pixabay (2007), CC0 Public Domain

Sometimes I run my fingers over her smooth, new skin, wondering how it will look after the surgeons have pierced it. I don’t want her to have such a defining scar at the tender age of four months. She will forever be changed. She will forever be branded with a reminder of our fear that her heart might ultimately be irreparable, or that she might not survive the attempts to correct her faulty valve.

It’s easy to slip into doubt, despair, and denial of the promise of Easter joy when we have a child who is suffering. Their pain and their wounds can sometimes seem like the threshold of death to a mother’s heart.

Yet even in the midst of Easter joy, of the Resurrection, Jesus Himself reminds us of His wounds. “By His stripes we were healed.” (Is 53:5) And it was His wounds that caused a doubting Thomas to exclaim with joy and awe “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28) Jesus’ wounds remind us how much we can gain through loss, that pain can have a beautiful purpose, and that even death brings new life.

It was through His very marks of humanity that His divinity shone the brightest. It was by His wounds that He restored faith, inspired hope, and reminded us to believe in miracles.

And so, when my baby girl is handed back to me after her heart surgery and I see her wound for the first time, I hope that I, like Thomas, can exclaim (or at least think) “My Lord and my God!” and be reminded of the miracle of her condition–that she has inspired so many to pray for her; that she has prompted others to gift our family with outpourings of kindness and generosity; and that she challenges me every day to grow in my faith, to hide myself in her wounds, and discover Christ within them.

Copyright 2017 Charisse Tierney

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Charisse Tierney lives in Newton, Kansas, with her husband Rob and six children. Charisse and Rob are experienced Natural Family Planning and Theology of the Body for Teens teachers. Charisse holds bachelor and master degrees in music performance and is the Assistant Editor at Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner. She also blogs at Paving the Path to Purity. Find her on Facebook.

4 Comments

  1. Charisse thank you for writing this! I have a 2 year old who has been suffering with leukemia for a year and he has 2 years of chemo still to go. Praise God for his faithfulness and drawing hearts to himself. Our little family has grown so much since my sons diagnosis. I saw in your description that you are a Catholic Attachment Parent too … and I believe the truths, love, and peace in our attachment parenting have been such a HUGE blessing through all the pain my little one has encountered. Prayers for you sister!

  2. Thank you, Charisse, for this beautiful article! God Bless you and your entire family. I will be praying for all of you. God Bless that little child of His that he has entrusted to you and your husband and her siblings. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, trust in Jesus is our hope and even though my trust is tested in other areas, I will be giving it over to Him. Thank you again!

  3. Thank you for your comment Cally! Another beautiful fruit of this suffering has been connecting with other parents in similar situations and drawing together for strength and support, Thankfully, Zelie is recovering very well, and we should be discharged soon! The hope now is that she won’t need a total valve replacement until her teen years, when it could most likely be done by catheter rather than open heart surgery. I agree that attachment parenting has helped immensely during this time. Prayers and love for your little guy and your family!

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