At our very first Doctor’s appointment on June 22nd, we learned that we were just over two months pregnant with an anticipated birthday of January 29, 2016. Obviously, we’ve learned a lot since then… most significantly that our child is a boy (who we’ve named Abel Paul), and that by all possible indicators, our son was conceived with Trisomy-18.
Even though many, many children with this condition will pass away prior to birth, we’re privileged to have just passed the 20-week ‘halfway’ marker with our boy continuing to grow (as evidenced by his mama’s new tummy!). It’s still a very long road that lies ahead and all medical feedback remains discouraging at this point, but we are thanking God each day for the 5 months & counting we’ve been given thus far with Abel in our lives.
Rachel Bernard, a special friend from our time in Haiti, asked Kelly if there was a meaningful time for her to commit to praying for Abel each day. We were touched by that sentiment, and landed quickly on an answer. Whether his birth would land exactly on January 29th or not, we decided that 1:29 PM would symbolize what we are praying boldly for… that Kelly will have the privilege of carrying Abel Paul full-term, and that he would be born with a fully developed & healthy body despite the daunting diagnosis.
With that hope in mind, we’d like to invite anyone who is reading along with this blog to set a daily alarm/alert for 1:29PM and offer up a quick & specific prayer for Abel’s health & healing — A coordinated prayer effort like this would be really special for us, as there’s something encouraging about the idea of dozens (or hundreds!) of people taking a moment to speak our son Abel’s name together at the same time… and all from different cities, states, and countries.
Also in the spirit of birthdays and 29’s, it’s this guy’s 29th birthday tomorrow… and the request above/below would be the best gift I could get from anybody 🙂 I recognize that 1:29 PM lands smack in the middle of everyone’s already-busy day, so something to the tune of this 30-second prayer would MORE than suffice:
Lord – We pray today for Abel Paul Crawford. We believe that You are sovereign, and that You have a plan and a purpose for his young life.
We ask you boldly… we beg You, Lord… to glorify Yourself by miraculously healing his sick body so that Abel will be born completely healthy.
Help Kelly & Daniel keep their eyes fixed firmly upon You in this season of uncertainty, being consistently reminded that You are GOOD, You can be trusted, and You alone are worthy of our praise in any outcome…
We pray these things in Jesus’ name, who offers the free gift of salvation to all who confess, repent & believe in Him by grace through faith. Amen.