As I held Liliana in my arms tonight, something miraculous happened. Something that could never be seen with human eyes nor grasped with mortal minds, but rather, something altogether spiritual.
She was being particularly jumpy, frantic, and emotional today. If you don’t know her story, read this. After my initial annoyance and frustration, I decided to do something different than begrudgingly continue with our usual bedtime routine. I took her into my arms like I did when she was a baby (she’s a huge four-year old now), wrapped a blanket around us and began to sing the songs I sang to her when she was my new baby. As I moved from song to song, I could feel her body relaxing in my arms and realized that I wasn’t just holding her body, but her soul too. And it was also relaxing. I spoke to her soul and declared it clean. Together, we went back to the place where innocence and comfort resided. As she drifted off to sleep, I knew that she would wake in that safe place tomorrow and every day after that as well. I know she will forgive him when she is ready to make that decision herself, but I can declare with complete confidence that she will no longer be a prisoner to sin, shame, or hurt.
I can’t tell you how I know for certain except that the Lord spoke it into my heart, with such certainty that I can only praise Him with tears of joy and thanksgiving. Life is so much more than we realize and we always run the threat of missing it as we run through our routines trying to get to the other side. I’m glad I paused at that moment and received that healing for us both.