Rebecca and Eliot. These two babies have many things in common: both were precious little babies who were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13); both were tremendously loved by their parents families and friends; both were born to parents who have an unwavering faith and trust in God; both touched the lives of not only their families and friends but many other individuals who came to know them; both were born with a condition called Trisomy 18; both are now in the arms of God the Father. And someday, both will meet us in heaven, as we all come in the presence of the one who created us all.
I was doing my usual blog hopping the other day when I came across a movie clip that reminded me of Rebecca (my best friend Valeria's daughter). That clip is the story of Eliot, titled 99 Balloons. The movie clip is embedded below for you to watch, but before that, please allow me to share some insights learned from this clip.
The documentary of Eliot’s life, and the remembrance of Rebecca brought tears to my eyes. But they were not tears of sadness. They were tears of overwhelming emotion that only a love so high, so deep, so strong, and so graceful can pull. It’s the same kind of tears that I shed when I come to worship God and He blesses me with the awareness of His presence. Watching Eliot and remembering Rebecca brings about a sweet reminder that God makes everything beautiful, in His time.
In both Rebecca and Eliot’s story, an outstanding message resonates. It’s not how long we live on this earth that matters. It’s how much we touch the lives of others that really count. Celebrating life is not dependent on how many days we exist on earth; it depends on what we do with the number of days we were given.
Rebecca lived 13 days, Eliot lived 99 days, but their memories live forever….
So whether we live 9 days, 9 years or 99 years... let us live our lives to the fullest. Afterall, Jesus assured that “He came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly”.In loving memory of Rebecca Grace and Eliot, let us celebrate life today and the days to come.
To know more about Eliot, visit his parents' blog dedicated to him, simply called Eliot. For more info on Trisomy 18, click HERE for the Wikipedia article.
Below is the 99 Balloon movie clip. It's 6 minutes long. I recommend getting a tissue before you watch. The video can also be viewed and downloaded at igniter media group site.