Babies. No matter how many grandchildren and great-grands I have, each one weighs the same in my heart, whether boy or girl. So I can’t help sending out a heart-warming picture of my latest (21st) great grandchild, Mia Rae Robinson. She’s only two and a half months old but her eyes are full of anticipation of all that’s ahead. Every day she’s learning something new– or doing something different. I haven’t seen her for a few weeks, and this picture surprises me. She’s holding her head up to make sure that she can take in all the world around her, with eagerness and expectation of what’s ahead.
Her mom and dad are doing all they know to set the right foundation. Tomorrow she’ll be dedicated at their church into God’s care and protection; really mom and dad are dedicating themselves to bring her up in the love and teaching of the Lord. And her extended family, grandma and grandpas, ( her 90-year-old great grandmother!) and the Body of Christ gathered in the church tomorrow morning will be witnesses to their commitment — and will promise to help them when they see that they are struggling.
I just spent a good part of ten years reading, researching and writing about a woman who never had children of her own, but whose heart was broken to find so many forced on the wrong path. It gives me special joy to see this young Christian family promising to bring their daughter up, bathed in the love of parents and family and fed by Word of God at home and at church.
Katharine Bushnell was born more than 160 years ago. She and her eight brothers and sisters were brought up like Mia — whose loving, godly parents set the example and encouraged their children to walk righteously. Katharine became one of the early women medical doctors in our country. She longed to help heal bodies, but as she became aware of the cruelty and suffering so many girls and young women went through, her passion was to free their souls from sin and evil.
She didn’t know that the scourge she valiantly sought to eradicate, would today become a global sickness. Trafficking has grown to be more lucrative than the drug trade. Even on the streets here in Denver young girls are picked up and enticed into slavery.
I look into Mia’s sparkling, trusting eyes, and pray faithfully that she’ll always be safe in the love and care of her precious family and the protection of the Holy Spirit.
This the prayer that I pray over Mia and her family:
If you make the Lord your refuge; if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11,12
You can read the fascinating story of Katharine Bushnell’s life in “Daughters of Deliverance” and “The Queen’s Daughters” available on Amazon.