Those Romantic poets, especially Wordsworth, got it right.
We do arrive on this earth trailing clouds of glory!
For the last eleven months, Stuart and I have had a front-row seat as Lydia exuberantly shared with us the
trailing clouds of glory she brought with her from birth.
Today neuroscientists are using the term “celestial openness” to describe how
baby brains learn to connect meanings with sound.
On June 18, 2017, Lydia and I were just getting started. She was five days old.
Almost exactly eleven months later:
The last month of our sojourn in Pittsburgh was a month of sadness underneath joy for Stuart and me.
But for Lydia, there was only joy –the glory is still with her.
We grandparents have been saying good-bye to friends.
Lydia only knows enthusiastic greetings and nonchalant farewells.
We are so grateful, however, that we have witnessed a miracle.
Lydia has broken through in the last week to language.
We jaded adults forget how it all began.
In the movie The Miracle Worker, the story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan,
we are taken inside the miracle as Helen “gets it,”
the human drama of connecting names and things.
The drama may be less traumatizing when a hearing child learns to speak, but it is no less exciting.
Saying “ball” is one thing.
Saying “grandma” is quite another. At least, to Grandma. 🙂
On our last Sunday in Pittsburgh, as we were leaving for church,
Lydia looked up as I came down the stairs, broke out in a radiant smile,
and then said, clear as a bell,
In searching for an explanation for this miracle, we can remember Jesus’ words:
“Of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
If we prefer science to explain our miracles, we can watch this fascinating TED-X talk from Patricia Kuhl.
Our Pittsburgh sojourn comes to an end on Friday.
We feel sad about all the learning we will miss in the months ahead.
But the primary emotion of our leave-taking will be gratitude.
Lydia has given all of us a great gift.
We will forever carry with us celestial openness — clouds of glory — the kingdom of heaven!
What evidence of celestial openness are you celebrating today? Don’t limit yourself in any way in your answer!