Tomorrow (Thursday, Jan 15, 2009), I’ll be wearing pink. Why am I telling you this? There’s a good reason, I promise! And just maybe, by the end of this post, you will decide to wear pink tomorrow, too.
Nate and I have a classmate at RTS named Noah Roberts. I know who he is and have seen him around campus, but I haven’t had the chance to meet him personally. Nate, however, has had some classes with him. Noah and his wife, Julie, gave birth on August 6th, 2008 to a sweet baby girl named Magdalena Grace. Magdalena was born with Trisomy18 (Edwards syndrome), and even her birth was a miracle since many, probably most, Trisomy18 babies don’t make it to birth. Those who do usually don’t live long afterwards. Sweet Magdalena Grace lived an incredible 5 and a half months, and she passed away yesterday morning.
Noah and Julie have a blog where they have been writing about their story from soon after Julie learned that the baby she was carrying would have a chromosomal abnormality. From the beginning, they have been such an example and an inspiration to all who have been reading along for the past several months. Their love for the Lord is undeniable, and their passion for Him is contagious. So contagious, in fact, that they have had the chance to minister and witness to many people through their blog and personal interactions with friends and strangers who long to hear Magdalena’s story. Little Magdalena has made a big impact on this world through the number of people touched by her fight for life and the faith of her parents.
Magdalena was such a blessing to all who knew her, as well as many (like us) who didnt. Tomorrow morning, Nate and I will be attending a celebration of Magdalena’s life at the RTS chapel. In her honor, we’ll be wearing pink, along with lots and lots of other people around the world whose life she impacted and blessed.
If you want to read more about Magdalena and her amazing parents, please visit their blog at www.noahandjulieroberts.blogspot.com. If you click on “May 2008” to read Magdalena’s story from the beginning, you can start with the very first post about her life. At the end of each post, just click “Newer Post” and it will take you to the next entry.
And if you read through it and are inspired or moved, join the celebration no matter where you are by wearing pink.