Knitting Together: Sammy at 33 Weeks

Samuel in new hatChristmas was a time of special blessing for tiny Samuel. One of the NICU nurses made him a warm, red flannel sheet with white snowflakes on it, and another of the nurses knit him a snug “Santa” hat. God bless dedicated nurses who go so far above and beyond to care for their tiny charges! As a special Christmas present, the grandparents were allowed into the NICU to say hello for a few minutes, although (of course) we still couldn’t touch Samuel…just look at him through the isolette and tell him how much we love him. That will be our only chance to see Sammy until they lift the ban on visitors due to influenza in our area.

I was thinking about knitting. One of my girlfriends said she was going to put a pair of knitting needles in the window in front of her kitchen sink to remind her to pray for Samuel, that God will continue to knit him together until he’s fully developed and gets safely home to Dan and Brianna. What a great idea! I received Christmas greetings from all over the world saying that friends have been praying for Samuel Azariah, and tears sprang to my eyes when I realized that the prayer request at the bottom of one friend’s Christmas update was for our little Sammy! In our new Sunday school class, two different couples approached us to say they’d been praying for Samuel before they ever met us because some totally non-related friend had asked them to pray! Not only is God knitting Sammy together, God is knitting us together as a body of those who believe in the power of prayer: “…from whom [Christ] the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16). We are growing in our faith and in our love for one another while Sammy is growing in his tiny body! And, there has been a dramatic improvement in Samuel’s health this week too! He still needs help with his breathing and nutrition, but he’s gone from 1 pound 8 oz. (his low with pneumonia just a 3 weeks ago) up to 2 pounds 11 oz…which is such a miracle after watching him only gain and then lose a few ounces back and forth for several weeks.

Thank you for your prayers and for keeping us company on this journey! Samuel at 33 Weeks“…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love.”
(Colossians 2:2) Dan, Brianna, and Samuel


10 responses to “Knitting Together: Sammy at 33 Weeks

  1. Our church has been praying for Samuel during our Sunday service. I also posted it on our Facebook page -with Brianna’s permission. You can see it at

  2. So thankful for the improvement. Will keep praying for this little guy to grow up to be a strong, godly man. Love you all.

  3. what a lovely young boy, and i have a granddaughter who was born way to early, and spent a long time in the nicu. the people who care for this miracles are truly special people. baby brooklyn in now 4 and perfectly healthy and happy! love and best to all of you, beth

    • Thank you! It’s always so encouraging to hear of preemies who’ve come through and are doing great. Blessings to you and yours!

  4. So so sweet !!!

    I’m listening to David Wilkerson right now, and he is speaking of when God sets His heart on us, He takes us through difficulties to break us and make more room in us for Himself! Little Sammy reminds me of this great love God has for us, that He loves us too much to leave us the way we are! All things work together for good!

  5. Still praying and rejoicing over every report of little improvements!

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