Sunday, May 24, 2009

R.I.P. Faith Walker

Yesterday, Faith Walker died peacefully in her mother's arms.

It was around 4:40 in the afternoon. I had just finished changing her diaper and I decided to pick her up and wrap a blanket around her. She made a very sweet smiling face and held it for several seconds... I thought it was very cute. I waited for her to take her next breath, but she didn't. She looked up at me and opened her beautiful eyes, and I realized what was happening. I told her to go with Jesus. I told her that I loved her and that it was ok, that I would meet her in Heaven. I held her close and cried tears on her face. I felt her chest and there was no longer a heartbeat. But she still looked so beautiful. And even now, she is still so amazingly beautiful...

And how does Myah feel about all this?

I am so grateful for all the time I had with Faith and for all the photos and videos and for the memories we shared. And I can't wait to see her again... I don't know how she could get any cuter but I'm sure she is even more beautiful now that she is living it up in Heaven.

Faith Walker's life had purpose. She gave joy to her mother and those around her. I am so glad she was born.

God put Faith Walker on this earth to be a pro-life witness. She brought all the ugliness and hatred in all the mean-spirited people who do not love humans as they are to expose them and underscore how ugly their philosophy is so that people of good will could reject it. She also brought out the kindness and goodness of so many, and made many people happy.

If you are a mother whose child has been diagnosed with anencephaly in the womb, consider the joy that Faith brought to her mom by being born, even in her short life. Even with her disability, she embodied beauty, and we need more beauty in the world. God is beauty, and in her existence she reflected the beauty of God.

God Bless You Faith. I hope to meet you, too, in the Resurrection.