Extravagant love

Today was a very special day at the Wolfson clinic. Only four children had permission to come today, which meant we could spend a lot of time with each of them and their mothers.

These children were all very different – one was a beautiful small baby boy and one was a very strong baby girl who wouldn’t let go of my finger. Her mother could speak a little bit of English and was very interested in finding out where we were from and how long we were staying in Israel. I was really touched that, despite being in hospital with a sick child, she was interested in lives. She had a beautiful smile and a willingness to look out for those around her. She was really supportive of the other mothers and, later in the afternoon, she was even holding another baby.

Lila was a slightly older girl, wearing a beautiful pink cardigan. She was tired and quite shy, particularly in the packed ward at the start of the day. After her assessment she fell fast asleep in her mother’s lap. Once she’d woken up she did a little bit of coloring with us and seemed to really enjoy the colorful bouncy balls we’d brought.

The fourth mother will really stick with me. She didn’t seem well herself, and seemed so worried and weary. Her eight month old daughter was so beautiful and curious about the world around her. She was completely in love with Joela (one of our volunteers) – breaking into an enormous smile when she saw her face. I can’t put into words how special it was to watch her face light up with joy.

As we waved goodbye to the taxi, the families seemed so appreciative of the time we’d spent to together at Wolfson. It never ceases to amaze me that God brings such joy and peace to this time. Please pray that God would do a work in their lives. Our desire is that they would know him and His enormous, extravagant love for them.