Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Another sleepless night.
Stefano rubs his eyes as he prepares lunch for the twins for school. Sofia, his wife of 8 years, is heavily pregnant and can’t settle down. She’s exhausted, he’s exhausted, but the boys need to be fed and cared for, and so he’s up and putting peanut butter onto white bread while she’s finally getting some sleep.
“Papa, where’s mama?”
One of the twins, Paulo, peers at him through the dawn light streaming in the kitchen curtain.
“Oh hey buddy. Mama’s tired from little Isabella doing her acrobatics all night, and now that your sister has gone to sleep, mama has too.”
“Is mama okay?”
“She’ll be fine. She just needs to rest.”
The father and husband yawns as he says that, punctuating the sentence with his body’s reminder of his own need to rest. Yet today is a busy day, and he has much to accomplish before he can sleep.
“Are you okay papa?”
“I’ll be okay. Coffee is my friend” he says, picking up a mug and taking a sip as if to illustrate the point.
“Papa, how can you manage without sleep?”
“Some things are worth giving up sleep for. When a mummy is pregnant and going to have a baby, things aren’t easy. She struggles, her family struggles… there’s lots of sleepless nights. But it’s worth it, because we’ll have little Isabella with us soon. Just like when mummy was pregnant with you and your brother, we focussed on what was coming, not the hard parts that we had to work through.”
“Wow, mama was tired like this when we were in her tummy?”
Stefano laughs, and ruffles his son’s hair.
“Worse, Paulo. Worse. There were two of you trying to do somersaults. Plus all the doctor’s visits, the blood tests, the emotions…”
As he thinks back, he remembers how close they came to separating during that time. He almost lost his wife in the turmoil of hormones and fear, and then he almost lost her in the labour… 2 litres of blood, a whirl of doctors, machines, and bright lights. And yet, there was a miracle, an act of God, and through that miracle three lives were saved. He tears up a little, as he finishes the sentence.
“… but it was all worth it. Because of that struggle, we have you and Dom. We’re a family.”
(To be continued…)
We thank you that you have given us the hope of eternity, and the joy that comes with it.
We thank you for the gift of marriage, that through marriage we can glimpse the beauty of the struggle to bring about new life through relationship, just as you work to bring about the new heavens and earth through the struggle of our fallen world.
May the Holy Spirit help us to focus on heavenly things, and not to set our hearts on the things of this world that will pass away.
In Jesus‘ name,
Devotionals written by Ben & Thea Pratt with editorial assistance by