Proof that My Daughter’s Life Mattered

A Mother’s Day post in memory of Ashlynn

God never fails in showing me His love, and I’m touched by the His unexpected gift tonight… a perfect gift on Mother’s Day.

Some years,  Mother’s Day is hard for me because I’m keenly aware of Ashlynn’s absence.  This year, however, I was camping with my middle daughter, battling allergies, and whispering my way through a bout of laryngitis.  Needless to say, my thoughts were occupied most of the weekend.

But tonight, as my household became quiet, I received a touching email.  My friend wrote:

“As I was picking strawberries today, there was a father yelling at his little girl, Ashlynn. He kept yelling her name over and over again. I stopped what I was doing and said a quick prayer, ‘Dear loving God, please help this father have patience and see what a precious gift HIS Ashlynn is, because I know another mom who would give anything to pick strawberries with HER precious Ashlynn. Show him that she’s only excited about picking strawberries and not trying to aggravate him. Amen.’  You know what, it was quiet after that.  Just a giggle here and there. Powerful. Happy Mother’s Day, dear friend. ‘

Powerful indeed! I was speechless as happy tears made there way down my cheek. 

Once again, there’s evidence that my daughter’s life had meaning and continues to have lasting impact.  My friend prayed for another precious girl and her father today because of my daughter’s life.  And her prayers were heard. And then she took the time to share the experience with me, probably not even realizing the magnitude of the gift that it was.  I love the beauty of how God works, because in that simple act, while picking strawberries with her family, she was being used by our God Almighty to touch lives – mine, a father and his daughter, and hopefully yours.

Words can’t contain my gratitude tonight – for my friend, for the gift of my daughter, and for a God who is gracious and shows me reminders of His love for me.  Ashlynn’s legacy lives on even though her physical body doesn’t.  And what a gift to know that she continues to spread love even in her absence. 

I pray that you experience the depths of God’s love today and know that your life matters to Him.  All life matters to God –  regardless of size, age or nationality – so let’s take time to cherish it and those around us.

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