Birthday Poem


It’s my child’s birthday
She just went dashing by
Her eyes are sparkling with the excitement meant only for today.
Presents, kisses, hugs, cake, ice cream

It all seems so natural.
It’s a day of looking back and looking forward.

It’s my child’s birthday
But there is something different happening inside me.
This should be a day of complete joy
A day for Thanksgiving
But in the midst of all this excitement
I pause, because my thoughts are about someone else for a time.

It’s my child’s birthday
I have no memories of her life growing inside me and fighting to be
Another someone was there
Another someone suffered for my joy.

It’s my child’s birthday
But someone, somewhere, is feeling emptiness inside.
I’m sure she is wondering
Who she looks like
If she is big or small.
Wondering if she laughs much.

It’s my child’s birthday
And in the midst of this blessed day that was given to me
I have a prayer.

Oh God, that I may never forget that someone suffered so much to give life
to my child.
That someone loved my child so very much that she gave her the right to
live. May I never
forget for a moment and especially now, today, to offer a prayer of thanks
for that someone
and that you, dear God, will always be there for that someone to help her
through the hurts
she will have when she stops to think that today is “my child’s birthday.”

About kelly_e

We live in WA state and have been traveling the road of adoption since 2/07. We have a biological son who is a joy and look forward to bringing home his sister soon.
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1 Response to Birthday Poem

  1. Misty says:

    What poignant words. Happy Birthday LiLi! We pray that His love will encircle your heart today and in the years to come.

    the Womble 5

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