Wednesday, August 29, 2007

No Greater Love Than to Lay Down Your Life


The Lord commanded
"No greater love.."
2 sisters, one mother
and God above

One baby "defective"
the other less so
decreed the mother
"the defective one goes."

One baby was stronger
but she was a twin
she knew it was coming
and turned to Him

"I'm scared, Lord,"
she whispered
"What is happening here?
If mommy won't spare her
my choice must be clear."

"I'm her sister, her keeper
she has done no wrong.
Dear God, please help us,
let me be strong."

Tenderly, gently,
she squeezed into the space
protecting her sister
by taking her place.

"I love you," she said
to her sister so dear
"Tell Mommy I loved her
when she sees I'm not here."

"Be safe, and be strong,
live your life with pride
I'll be watching from Heaven",
the stronger twin cried.

Then selflessly giving
her life for her twin,
she cowered in fear
as the Doctor moved in.

She was in God's arms
when she felt a tear
when she looked at Him
it all became clear.

"Greater love," said He
"No one has shown.
Your sacrifice spared her
but not for long."

"The Doctor's think they erred
and now they are going back in
dear girl, today
they will kill your twin."

So they sat in silence,
looking down on the world,so small.
Lost in insanity,
disbelieving it all.

God lifted her up,
said "For her we will wait.
But after she comes,
we are locking the Gate."

7 comments:

Leticia said...

This is beautiful! I wish the mother of those twins in Italy could read this, it would certainly make her cry but she needs to see the truth. Our children are certainly beloved by God as all children are, but I can't help thinking they have a special place in His heart!

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

This is so beautifully done. I am nominating you for the Nice Matters award!

Michelle said...

your poem gave me chills, thanks for sharing it.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

as a twin, (and of course also as a mother,) this just breaks my heart!

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

We all deserved the gate to be locked long ago! Thank God He can forgive even this woman and the doctors!

Great poem!

Anonymous said...

Friends of mine who have a beautiful little girl with T21, had their sister do the same thing....terminate one twin with T21....even though her beautiful niece had T21. She didn't care, she didn't want an 'imperfect' child. How sad.

jennifergg said...

I can't even think about it, it's too close to my own babies, so I didn't post about it, either. Talk about denial!

But I'm glad you did. And do you mind if I add you to my blogroll at Pinwheels? I am a longtime fan of you and Ciarra...I don't know why I didn't know you were blogging until now, when I read the link from Leticia.