Monday, May 23, 2011

A Spiritual Bouquet for Arwen, Bryan, and their Children.

May 29th Update: The best news of all - both boys are now home with Arwen and Bryan! Thank you for all your support for the Moshers and may God bless you!

May 27th Update: Wonderful yet bittersweet news - as of this morning, Linus has been discharged from the NICU and is home. Little Ambrose, however, has had a few complications and needs to stay for at least another day and possibly longer. In terms of today's prayer, Arwen says: "Today's prayers: thanksgiving that Linus is doing so well, and fervent intercession that Ambrose is home asap." Thank you so much for your continued support.

For nearly 7 years, Arwen Mosher has been writing online. Both her personal blog and her posts over at Faith and Family Live have been and continue to be touching, challenging, and inspiring. Arwen's husband, Bryan, is a wonderful man who is often featured in her writing, as are her small children. The oldest are 4.5 year old Camilla and 2 year old Blaise.

On Thursday, May 12th, Arwen delivered identical twin boys! Linus Michael was born at 12:38 am, and his brother Ambrose John arrived at 12:41. They were born a bit earlier than we'd all hoped, at only 34w3d gestation. The boys are doing incredibly well but are still in the NICU.

With older children, Arwen and Bryan already have a great deal of the basic baby needs. Rather than throwing them an online baby shower, we thought we'd send them a spiritual bouquet.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of a spiritual bouquet, it's simply a collection of prayers gathered together for a particular intention, the way that flowers are gathered together for a bouquet. Individuals who would like to contribute to the bouquet promise to offer a certain number or type of prayers or devotions for the intention, and then someone complies a list of the prayers that will be offered and presents it to the person or people receiving the bouquet. In this case, the Moshers will know about the bouquet as it grows, but because they have so many friends and well-wishers in the online community, it seemed fitting to organize the bouquet online.

Please take a look at the poll on the right-hand sidebar and choose as many prayers or practices as you'd like to offer for the intentions of the Mosher family. If we've neglected to mention an option in the poll, please feel free to offer any prayer or devotion you'd like; just describe it in the comments section so that the family will know what you're offering on their behalf.

If you'd like to specify what you'll be doing in honour of the family, please feel free to do so in the comments section. We're sure that this information will be treasured by the Moshers. It would also be wonderful for them to know who is praying for them. However, if you prefer to remain anonymous, you may simply choose a prayer or devotion from the poll without offering an additional comment.

Thank you for your prayers for Arwen, Bryan, and their growing family!