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The last thing I told her before it happened was, “Oh my goodness, Aliza, you’re so tiny! You’re barely showing!”My oldest childhood friend was starting her sixth month of pregnancy, and she had the cutest baby belly I had ever seen. I couldn’t wait to see how enormous she would grow in the months ahead, and neither could she. But neither of us got the chance.At just 24 weeks pregnant, she unexpectedly went into labor. She delivered a 1.5 pound baby boy, who was immediately rushed to the NICU. Aliza’s early labor was an incomprehensible fluke–up until that point her pregnancy was completely healthy; even her doctors were stymied.When I heard the shocking news, I felt so desperately helpless. What could I possibly say or do to help a friend going through this heartbreaking ordeal?The answer came in the form of a Google document created by Aliza’s family, this sign-up sheet was not for meals to be made or flowers to be brought. It was of a more subtle and spiritual nature; it was for prayer. The document had 150 spots to sign up for. Each spot represented one chapter in the Book of Psalms, and signing up meant a total commitment to reciting your Psalm every day.Continue reading.Follow our page.
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