“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 48
What a beautiful psalm! How reassuring! Tonight after our night time prayer I took a few pictures of the kids before they went to sleep. You can see the smiling faces and you can see that for them, it is clear, they will lie down in peace and sleep in safety. How truly wonderful! I never cease to thank God for all that we are able to give these kids and for all that they give us in return.
But you know, in order for this psalm to be true, we need people. Kind loving people that will look after the kids during the night time. Kind, loving people that will be God’s physical angels during the night. Meet Jeanne and Andremise. For 20 years they have been looking after our kids during the night. For 20 years they have been the ones to ensure that the kids sleep in safety. With their loving arms they have comforted when comfort was needed. They have held sick children in their arms most of the night when this was needed. They have rushed upstairs to me for help when someone was critically sick and in need of extra attention. They have worried and stressed time and time again when we fought with illnesses that were determined to take our kids from us. They have wept and cried and grieved when we had to let go. Then with loving hearts they opened arms to each new addition to the family. With motherly love they have ensured that each new child felt at home from the first night she/he arrived.
All these years they have been family to us here in Kay Christine. Many times hurricanes prevented them from going home after the night shift, so they rolled up their sleeves and helped us get through the day as the day shift people could not come. The earthquake shook them as much as any of us and yet they stayed firm, putting the kids first. They have put up with me and my good sides and my bad sides – always patiently trying to understand what needs to be done. The administration records will tell you that they are staff. We know they are family. We know that without them, this psalm would have no meaning. I know that without them I would have no peace. God is good – don’t ever doubt it. Religions may disappoint us but always remember God is more than any one religion. And what is religion anyway but the attempt of humans to try and understand God. Let’s face it – God will never fit into our human limitations of what God is or is not. But I say it again, God is good and good comes from God. Jeanne and Andremise are two mighty women and they have their trust in God. Don’t be afraid to do the same.
My prayer tonight is one of thanksgiving for Jeanne and Andremise. I also pray that each of you reading this will be instruments of making Psalm 48 a reality for many, many people. For sure you are already to your children and loved ones. Maybe you can find ways to be an instrument for others.
Special Needs Director, NPH Haiti