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Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)
TITLE: The Offering
By Mia DeBruyne
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Sarah was a mother with a typical daily list of chores. Her work gave her joy. Soon she would be a new mother again, for a new baby was going to be added to their happy home. Sarah was filled with happiness on this otherwise ordinary day.
It wasn’t long before the supper dishes were done and the children were asleep in bed. Another day had come and gone when all of a sudden, Sarah felt fear and the unfortunate signs were there. The new baby was in danger and Sarah sought help. “Dear Lord,” she prayed as she entered the hospital emergency room, “please take care of my baby.” Sarah now understood the offering in her early morning dream as she handed the life she carried over to God’s most loving and capable hands.
In the hospital, tests were run, the doctors showed concern, and an empathetic nurse offered her own story of love and loss as Sarah was told that her baby had died. Some may ask “If there is a God, why does He allow suffering?” Well, Sarah knows deep in her heart an answer that gives her peace in all times.
Sarah accepted in humility all the love God offered her through the caring nurse and concerned doctors. Sarah knew that in all loss and suffering, God would set her free from any fear that kept her tied to the security of this world. Sarah knew that each painful memory would give her another chance to surrender into a deeper state of trust in God. Sarah loved being a child of God because when all others failed to comfort her, God was there.
That night as Sarah rested upon her own bed, she envisioned the beauty of her early morning offering and she prayed, “Dear Lord, some are just too good for this world. I offer my baby to you, my God, and I hope we will always serve you well. Amen.“
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