The Lord has blessed me tremendously in the last four years. In 2010 and 2011 respectively, I lost my only daughter, Danielle Ford-Geter age 29 and my husband of 37 years, Deacon Thomas P. Ford. They both died on the same day, October 28. Following my husband's death, my son, Trevor married. He is now the father to two beautiful girls, Brianna Marie and Brittany Nicole. My daughter Danielle had a daughter, Jayla Marie just 14 months prior to her transition to be with the Lord. She will be six in July. Brianna is 15 months old and Brittany just turned two months old. They are my jewels and crown. I can't believe I have three granddaughters. the Lord must have known I would need a lot of baby girl love to recover from such a devastating loss.
Two weeks ago I started babysitting for Brittany. Brianna goes to a great day-care facility. I baby sat for Brianna when she was an infant too, but I don't remember being as tired and old when I was taking care of her. Lol. It is hard work caring for an infant. They don't do a whole lot when they are that young, but the constant monitoring of the sleeping habits, eating and burping regime is time consuming. Last year when Bree started going to day care I really missed her. There was a void in my daily routine and I had some withdrawal symptoms.
I took lots of pictures of her as she developed from a helpless little bundle of joy into an older baby that could hold her head up, turn over, hold her own bottle, watch and enjoy the infant TV programs and the Disney Jr. shows; like Mickey Mouse and Doc Mac'Stuffins. Bree is walking, has a mouth full of teeth, and is becoming more independent everyday.
I started thinking about my calling or rather the office of the "Pastor" that I was elevated to a couple of years ago. I took note of all of the stages of development an infant child has to go through. As a "Shepherd, " a "Pastor," the sheep that the Lord sends to us needs the constant love and care that I give my granddaughters. This opportunity that I have been afforded to care for them should not be looked upon casually. It is teaching me a whole lot about the care of the flock that Paul put so much emphasis on. But not only Paul, Jesus took time out of His busy schedule to minister to Peter at the seashore. He told him several times to feed and watch over the sheep that would be coming into the churches.
I love handling and holding my little ones. Sometimes they have fallen asleep on my chest and instead of putting them in the cradle, I hold them close to me, sing them to sleep or lay my hands upon their heads and pray for them. These are precious moments for me. Time for impartation and bonding. They love the sound of my heart beating against theirs. How do I know, because they sign, lay their little heads in my shoulder and wake up immediately when I lay them down. Lol.
Loving on the sheep, the flock, members that the Lord sends the pastor is vitally important. We must invest time with the people. We must fellowship in and outside of the church with them. When they cross our minds, we need to callllll