Just Another Baby?
Sometimes putting your faith in God is easier said than done.
by Michael Steele, LC | Source:
Judy sat on the examination table and stared in stunned disbelief at the closed door. The coldness of the clinic room made her shiver as the doctor’s heavy words reverberated inside her: “procedure…termination.” She felt alone, afraid, confused. Then, tears.
Months before she had received the glad news of a new bundle of joy for the family, her ninth child. A year earlier, however, she had been diagnosed with a severe kidney problem and was on a two year intense medication regime. Her gynaecologist told her to discontinue the kidney medication since it put her pregnancy in danger. But now, the doctor insisted on ending the pregnancy altogether, for the sake of Judy’s health. She was alone and anxious, wanting to trust her doctor, but not sure.
The door burst open and in walked a no-nonsense, tough-love-is-good-for-you nurse. After hearing the cause of Judy’s tears she exclaimed, with more than a bit of irony, “Sure, honey, why pray when you can worry?” Judy laughed through her tears and the unknown nurse then left the room.
Judy stopped crying somewhat and prayed, “Lord, let me know without any doubt what I should do.” Then she pulled out her Bible and opened it. Her eyes fell on James 2:17, “Faith without works is dead.” If God has given me this child, then I’ll have to trust him to take care of me, she thought to herself. This was the first sign she received in answer to that sincere and humble prayer.
The second followed shortly. After phoning her husband and filling him in, he responded, “I have always felt abortion to be wrong.” Strike two against the doctor’s “recommendations.”
The clincher, however, came the following day. Judy and her husband were entering another clinic. Spread out on the coffee table in the reception area was a newspaper featuring a picture of Pope Paul VI. Underneath the photo Judy read his condemnation of abortion. Peace flooded her. It was clear what she had to do.
In the next meeting with her doctor, she firmly told him her decision to keep her child. He responded, “You can always have another child.” She replied, “I just love babies.” That settled the matter. She had peace of conscience, saved a life, and given witness to the doctor. She came to term with no more complications with her kidney and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
And this little baby boy, named Tom? He graduated a couple years early from high school and won a partial scholarship to Notre Dame for his second year of medical studies. He graduated as one of the top (and youngest) in his class. He has a beautiful wife, daughter and another baby on the way. And both he and his wife work in an emergency room…saving lives.
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith (James 2:17-18).
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