Rescue workers were in tears when they found this after a devastating earthquake

Each day is a priceless gift—but it’s so easy to take for granted. When we could be spreading joy and living full lives, so much time is instead wasted on negativity. Sometimes we forget the importance of a simple, “I love you.” Those three little words are more valuable than you probably realize.

Steps to Life shared this true story of mother’s sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake.

Read what happened below.

After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.

He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement, “A child! There is a child!”

The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.

The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said, “If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.”

This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept.

“If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.”

For some, the idea of losing one’s life to save another comes without question. Mothers have an inborn need to defend their young. Her love is eternal, and her protection is endless. She dies knowing that life will continue, thanks to her sacrifice.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”- John 12:24

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