She wrote the poem for a friend when her friend's child was in the NICU several years ago. She had already lived through her own experience of having twins in the NICU.
A Prayer from the N.I.C.U.
by Tara Roper
Dear God,Source: Roper T. A Prayer for the N.I.C.U. FaithWriters.com. Reprinted with Permission.
I have a request to make.
Just a moment of your time it will take.
You see, my parents, are heartbroken and sad,
and they have prayed to you with all they had.
Could you just hug them and remind them you care,
as they are wishing I was at home, not here.
This time is confusing, unlike how they pictured it would be,
But I want them to know that you take care of me.
Although I am sleeping in this little bed,
and I am often too tired to raise my little head,
please remind them that I know they did their very best.
And that at night I am protected as I sleep upon your chest.
They think I am so lonely when they are away,
and if I could tell them, I would say
I know this is hard, and God understands,
But just know He has never let go of my hand.
He is always with me, like He is with you,
and all this has a purpose too.
And God, while I am in this temporary N.I.C.U. home,
I just want them to know I have never been alone.
About the Author
Tara Roper is a 34 year old mom of three in the Atlanta area. Her daughter Caroline is five years old , and her twins, Maggie and Jacob are almost three years old. She and her husband John have lived in the Atlanta area and Boston area in the last ten years. Tara has been the editor of local parenting newsletters and writes on Faithwriters.com. Tara is the Assistant Coordinator for The Women's League Inc. for Northstar Church. Tara is currently taking time off from being a special education teacher to be at home with her children.
You can contact her through Faith Writers.
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