New Baby Blessings

April 30, 2020

Having a baby during a pandemic will have its challenges. We aren’t going to have the physical help from family and friends we’d planned for. I’m not going to be able to enjoy “routine life” to help counter the emotional tolls of caring for a newborn. And uncertainties abound.

I was recently texting with my Cornerstone friend Sandy Brood and told her I was afraid my husband Henry might not be able to stay with me in the hospital after our baby is delivered. Following her words of sympathy, she encouraged me that even if Henry has to leave, “God gets to stay.”

The essential needs of a fresh newborn are so simple: warmth and milk. If my baby is born healthy, though being born into a world of turmoil, she is going to sleep peacefully in my arms as I give her all that she needs.

In Isaiah 49:15 God says, “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.” With steadfast love, God will provide for us all that we truly need during this time of hardships and disappointments.

We cannot wait for our daughter to join our wonderful church family in Cornerstone, and we look forward to having you help us raise her, through your prayers and your friendships, as we encourage one another to trust in God’s sufficiency for life.  -Joy, Henry, and Zoey (age 2) Shen