Not in the mother’s arms but in the Father’s hands

Today, co-worker Johanna and I visited perhaps the youngest child I ever met, three-day-old Motasem. In my opinion, the little baby is not looking as young as he is. He is quite large maybe because his lovely mom is quite tall as well.

Little Motasem has a lot of hair! Hair on his head but also on his arms. His whole body is so tiny and detailed that as we stood next to his hospital bed, I couldn’t help but to praise God,  and sang a song of blessing over this newest arrival and really admired our Father’s wonderful creation!

But at the same time, it was kind of heavy to stand there and to know – at least in part – what the future brings for the child. God willing, the surgery will be next Tuesday. People will do their best to repair the newborn’s heart.

Tiny Motasem sometimes seemed to know about his situation, especially when he was cutely frowning. But we know that his Father in heaven is caring for him. As it says:

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in
barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more
valuable than they?

Matthew 6:26

 HE who daily feeds the birds will also care for Motasem. And even if his mother cannot keep him in her arms, as usually every child is held in the first days of life, his Father still holds his little form in His hands!

Please pray with me for our lovely, tiny patient Motasem. May God give him peace and the heart of a fighter, may God protect him, heal him and give wisdom to the doctors! Please pray also for Motasem’s mother Iman, for she had to travel to another city one day after birth and is in post-partum recovery mostly on her feet; she is so far from her family since then. For a better recovery, she stays at our Guest House in Jerusalem for the weekend now and will visit her baby daily.