On March 6, 2014, Blessing Noel Kingery “went to sing, dance, and play with Jesus.” It was a simple post from her parents, Jacob and Amy. They held her in their arms for only two short months. They will hold her in their hearts forever.
In just two short months, her life touched more than 11,000 people on Facebook. That’s the recorded amount of people who clicked on her video. That doesn’t count the number who actually watched over the shoulder of someone else.
Posts on her page tell the story of the impact of her life and especially the way her parents never let their faith in God waiver. Here are just some of the more than 150 comments: “Thank you for sharing your precious Blessing. I always enjoyed seeing her sweet face and was inspired by your trust in God.”
“I was so fortunate to have had the opportunity to care for her and meet you both. She couldn’t have picked better parents to share her life with.”
“Bless your family for sharing your your journey of love. Blessing is in the arms of Jesus and one day we will all dance at that reunion in the sky.”
“Thank You for sharing your precious, blessed Blessing with all of us. Even though we knew her little body could not last forever in this world, we all cherish the time with her because of your generosity and your desire to share how powerfully God works. And now, she has a perfect, whole spiritual body that lives forever and ever.”
“Blessing and your family have touched so many lives and made so many of us remember to first of all praise and thank God in all things, that our timing is not His and to cherish the moments we do have.”
Clay DeWoody pastor at Unity Baptist in Fayette explained that Jacob and Amy demonstrated God’s strength as they lived their life in public sharing photos of their baby daughter, born with a rare chromosome disorder. “They knew whatever happened, their God was enough,” he said. “Can you say that? Is the Lord enough for you?”
Jacob, who is a landscaper and lover of plants, shared his thoughts as he was holding Blessing one day. Knowing that her time on earth was short, he had a moment of despair.
“I thought about how I will never get to see her bloom,” he said to the group gathered for her celebration of life service. “Then I realized I was seeing her bloom. She was blooming right then. It hit me that Blessing is an annual. Annuals are meant to grow, bloom and die in a season. They do this to produce seeds. The seeds she produced are deep seeds of faith, hope and joy.”
In her Facebook comment, Serese Wiehardt shared these thoughts with Jacob and Amy. “Blessing has a testimony for our Jesus and the power of our incredible God that very few people ever achieve. I marvel at the fact that she was a baby so, couldn’t talk, and yet so many learned of the power of the gospel because of her! She’s reached people all over the country because of her Facebook page.
“Because of your love and caring for Blessing, and your faith walk, even more have been reached. I feel so very privileged to have met her during her brief time here on earth and absolutely look forward to the day that I get to meet her again when I get to be with my Jesus.”
Here’s what I believe, though it may not be entirely theologically correct, but since when has that ever bothered me?
One day, God looked down at the next soul destined to be sent to earth. Stopping the assembly line, He reached into Himself, tore out a piece of His heart and placed it with care. He said, “I send you forth to be a uniquely designed Blessing.”
Then His eyes turned to earth, searching to and fro for those whose hearts were inclined towards His. Stopping at the home of Amy and Jacob, He delivered the Blessing of holding and caring for a piece of His very heart.
His is a heart that sees no limitations of a limited life. In her short two months Blessing’s story reached across the nation. By her very name she proclaimed the glory of God.
God gave Jacob and Amy a divine responsibility and privilege. They held His heart until He needed it back, but in the holding they modeled something beautiful for us. They modeled the very character of the God of the universe Who loves each of us madly.
The following sentiments, I shared with Jacob and Amy (who happens to be my second cousin). It is written to Blessing from their point of view. When faced with one of life’s most tragic moments, may we all have the faith and trust in God these two awesome first-time parents had and still have.
Our hearts beat with an irregular rhythm.
Only in what we know as the end of life
Do our hearts join with the perfect rhythm
Of the God of the universe.
We held you here but for a while
And when we did we knew we held
The heartbeat of our God
For even then, we knew yours would soon be joined with His.
We held you close and reveled in your pulsating life
And marveled at every inch that was you—body, soul and spirit.
And wanting a miracle of health and wholeness
We prayed for healing and you were healed.
Your body was but a container of you.
The essence we held still exists joined
Now completely with the power that is God.
You taught us more in your short life
Than we could ever learn from any other.
Lessons of grace, trust, love and peace,
Lessons of living not knowing and yet,
Still trusting the One who knows.
Not questioning, not wondering,
Just understanding that the great I Am is enough.
Blessing our life with more love
Than we ever knew existed.
Loving much means we felt like
Breaking in a million pieces when you left
And yet there is this divine glue
That holds us together.
In that place, we find the same power
That raised Christ from the dead
Raises us to live now until the day
Our hearts join yours
In the perfect rhythm of the God of the universe.
Thank you, God for gracing us with your Blessing.
You can view more photos of the life of Blessing at Pray For Blessing Facebook page.
Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.