We celebrated our sweet boy’s 7th birthday this past weekend!
While the years have, at times, been wrought with heart-wrenching days of anaphylactic reactions, asthma attacks, ER visits, and hospital stays; there have been many, many more days that have been filled with tears of joy and laughter. These seven years have been wrought with grace and mercy, rather than pain and sadness.
I do not know the reason my son was chosen to live with life-threatening food allergies. Perhaps it is simply to provide this website in order to serve others. Perhaps it is to teach him (and us) reliance on God, rather than reliance on things and self. Perhaps it is something even more…..even greater than what we can fathom here on Earth. Whatever it is, I know my son was chosen for a reason.
I struggle with sadness and anxiety over my son’s food allergy affliction, just like any other parent grieves over struggles (even worse struggles) in their own children. We are no different than the rest of you. Yet, we try to look at our days, our years with him, different than perhaps some. We try not to let allergies define us, but God’s free grace instead.
I could have made today’s post title “Celebrating 7 Allergy-Filled Years” or “We Made It to 7” or something of the like. I chose to call it “Grace-Filled Years” because I know for a fact that our days have been filled with grace. We have received unmerited favor from God. Both in the big things, like anaphylactic survival, and the little things, like remembering to check an ingredient list. I do not really know how many “close calls” from which we have been spared, but I’m certain there have been some.
Case in point: Last weekend we had some friends over for dinner. One person brought lime tortilla chips and salsa. Chips, salsa, and hummus are on my son’s top 3 list. I started to put the chips on his plate, but stopped for a minute. I thought to myself, “This is a kind of chip that he’s never had before even though he’s had the same brand. I should check the ingredients just to be safe.” Sure enough…the lime chips contained milk. You may believe it to be coincidental or just good luck; I believe it to be grace.
So anyway, it is with tears of great joy and love and laughter that we celebrate 7 Grace-Filled years with our sweet baby boy! I can only pray for 7 more and 7 more and 7 more years filled with God’s unmerited favor — what Amazing Grace!
It gives me great joy to share this post as part of Grace Laced Mondays.