13, Not Unlucky, Blessed
It is only a number, the quantity one more than 12, one less than 14. Beyond that fact 13 holds nothing to fear. Kaylee is many things. She is the daughter of Son Matt, born on Friday, the 13th of March. She is the daughter of Vanessa. She is grandchild #1 of Susan and Gary. She is grandchild # 13 of John and Debi. She is, through the waters of baptism and the Word, a lamb of God. Certainly not unlucky, Kaylee enjoys a multitude of blessings.
Not bad luck, but the consequences of sin, invaded Kaylee with a brain infection. Bad choice for the evil plot. Foiled again. Kaylee and her parents walk on the water of Jesus’ promise. “Lo, I am with you always.” The final outcome of her illness is indeterminable in the murk of the future. Even still, it cannot dim the glow of God’s mighty, merciful, loving hands. “His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23
After Kaylee’s first surgery, Matt wrote this: “My personal feeling is that her brain has been affected by the infection, but in a way never seen before. One day she will be a super hero, and this is her origin story.”
My personal feeling is that some day, 6 year-old Kaylee will run wildly through the house while a dish towel cape flaps from her neck. She will jump from the furniture and shout, “Super Kaylee!” until Matt and Vanessa want to tell her to sit down and be quiet. They won’t.
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