“Why are you so terrified?
Why are you so lacking in faith?”
On this Thanksgiving Eve, I’m feeling blessed, especially with regard to my family. The close proximity of my husband’s and son’s birthdays enhance my gratitude. I’ve given birth twice and I can honestly say that, though he was at my side both times, I think my husband missed out a bit. We moms are very fortunate to have our roles in all of this. I’d do it all over again for each of my sons.
I admit that this is an easier call for our older son as I’m told his delivery was too easy. The second time around was a little different… Because I’d experienced contractions for days, we expected a quick delivery. Still, after I was admitted, we waited several hours for progress. Suddenly, a nurse tossed a gown to my husband and rushed me into the delivery room. Monitors had detected fetal distress. When he made his appearance, Timothy was terribly pale. That nurse whisked him away without allowing me to hold him. After some whispering with his team, our doctor asked us not to worry, but added that he was calling in a specialist. Mike and I prayed. We and his big brother had waited a long time for this child.
The next morning, the doctor shared that our baby might be stricken with a disease accompanied by serious disabilities. His lifespan might be only a few years. While I tearfully prayed for a different outcome, a friend stopped in. Sister Charles, the hospital lab director, told me, “Mary, I’ve looked at Timothy. His color is very good. He’s going to be just fine.” The following day after he consulted with that specialist, our doctor shared that tests confirmed that Sister Charles was absolutely right!
On this Thanksgiving Eve, as I consider all that has gone right in my life, I find it a bit easier to deal with circumstances that have gone awry. May each of us find reason to set aside the trauma of this pandemic and all of our other worries to give thanks for those who are most important to us. Though we my be unable to be together tomorrow, we do have one another to love!
Dear God, thank you for the gifts of our families and our friends and for all of the things which bring us joy.
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