The Redemption of Time – A Novel Matters Guest Post

Many of you know that my husband has been hospitalized since December 1 with a vicious axonal variant of Guillain Barre Syndrome. Though much to build faith has come through this period of time, some things have been lost.

Tonight, for the first time in months, I held one of my grandbabies, little Even Tayne, in my arms and rocked her to sleep. I marveled at the fact that she went from seven months old, to nearly a year old, in a period of time that was lost to her and me, while I lived in an ICU, or stayed all day and into the nights at a long-term acute care hospital, or perched in a chair at a rehab hospital. All that time this little girl was not in my arms, she grew from the inchoate communications of a seven month old to the wise eyed and laughing sweetness many pounds heavier against the muscles of my chest and arms.

When I used to rock her older sister   Scottlyn Eyre  to sleep, I marveled at how such a strong and intelligent human being would yield so completely to me, relaxed and almost conspiratorial against me in the rhythms of the darkness, steam still rising from the hair on her just-bathed forehead, her breath that of graham crackers and apple juice and murmurs and sighs. I knew, every moment I knew as I rocked her, that I must treasure this time, that it would fly away with days and years.

As I write these words, I rescue those moments from loss. I snatch them back from the chasm of oblivion. I share with God the buying-back of what is gone forever; I partake with Him in the redemption of time itself.

If writing has no other purpose than this, if it has no other audience but the writer, it is one of the loveliest and most gracious gifts of God.

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS (2014), FLIGHT OF DREAMS (2016), and I WAS ANASTASIA (2018). Her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been Library Reads, One Book One County, and Book of the Month Club selections. She is the co-founder of SheReads.org and lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her family.

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2 Responses to The Redemption of Time – A Novel Matters Guest Post

  1. Melinda K Taylor May 25, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    My first great grandchild is in intensive care because of birth trauma. We do not know what the long term affects this will mean. I miss not holding him as a newborn in my arms but I hold on to the verse in Isaiha “The Lord will restore the years the locusts have eaten” and in my life I have seen this over and over.

  2. Latayne C Scott December 13, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Melinda, I was wondering how your little grandchild is doing. Could you email me via my website, latayne.com? Prayers and blessings,
    Latayne

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