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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)

TITLE: God's Touch From Above
By Catherine McQuiston


Cathy cried as she was rushed into the emergency room. She was having very bad pains and her water had broke, but she was only 6 ½ months pregnant. “Why now God?” she said to herself. As she was on the hospital bed in a panic the doctor came in and said that he needed to see the what was going on so to determine how to birth the babies. The sonogram show what the doctor had feared, the babies were not into birthing position and their heart beats were irregular.
“You are going t have to have a c-section and we need to get the babies out now.”
With her husband Ray by her said they agreed and the doctor prepared Cathy for the procedure. Minutes later the doctor reached in and carefully lifted out a little girl. She was so tiny that she fit in the palm of his hand. She weighed nothing he though as he quickly handed her to the awaiting nurse. He reached down again and gingerly lifted out another baby girl from Cathy.
The twin girls were immediately taken to the neonatal unit of the hospital. They were so tiny and fragile that they were susceptible to any kind infection. Angela, the first born child within 2 days of birth came down with Jaundice. Annette’s heart stopped beating a few times. The nurse quickly came over to her and just tapped the bed as she said, “Poor thing. Her brain isn’t developed enough to tell herself to breath. Sometimes they just need a little tap to know someone is here.” Angela weighed 3 lbs and Annette weighed 3.1 lbs when they were born. Being so small and underdeveloped the twins were placed into incubation units. Touching them was uncomfortable as not all their nerves were fully developed yet. The thing about babies though is they need to be touched and feel warmth, love and affection in order to grow strong and healthy. Being fed through tubes and hooked up to all kinds of machines, the twins continued a life of loneliness and solitude. Cathy and Ray prayed everyday and night for God to help them and take care of the babies when their touch wasn’t soothing or comforting to the children. They held each other tight and wondered what it must be like to be in those incubation units, all alone, not knowing who or what is out there for them, no one to comfort them and hold them while they cried. It tore their parents up and crushed their hearts. Day by day they continued to pray and day by day the girls got stronger. Cathy would just sit by their side for hours, looking over and studying every inch of their bodies. She knew them better than anyone else. These two little miracles lived inside her for 6 ½ months and she was not going to let anything happen to them. So talked to them everyday and spoke in poetic rhymes.
“I loved you before you were born,
I love you both the same.
I love you and my heart is torn,
I hear God call out your names.
He is speaking to you through me
and I want you to hear me now:
He is going to get you though this
although I don’t know how.
If I could just place my hands,
And have you feel his touch.
You would come to realize,
That I love you just as much.
Soon will come that special time,
When in our house you’ll be
Our Father in Heaven is watching you
He brings you closer to me.
I place my hands over you now
Please feel my warmth and healing love
I promise you and this is my vow
This is God’s touch from Heaven above.

Cathy thought that if she could will God’s touch onto her children that it would help them grow. She said it when they were awake crying, fast asleep and just lying there being babies. She swears she could feel the presence of God working through her as she placed her hands above the incubation units and prayed.
51 days after Annette and Angel were born, they were allowed to go home. The doctors said that they were lucky to have survived. Cathy and Ray never gave up hope in the girls or in God to get them through this. For it was God’s touch alone that had saved them.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/12/10
This is a touching story. I admire the courage of the MC.

You need to make sure you proof before you submit. There were several typos. You used show instead of showed, t instead of to, and said instead of side. That was just in the beginning.

The poem is absolutely beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. You did a great job getting me to empathize for the MC.

I really believe the poem would be a wonderful poster to be hung in every NICU.
Phee Paradise 08/14/10
This was a touching story (no pun intended)and I love that the babies survived. I also loved the mother's faith. I suggest that you use more paragraph breaks and leave a line in between paragraphs. It would be easier to read.
Kathy Barnes08/18/10
I love the story. The poems is beautiful. This needs more brakes to make reading easier. Something I am having to learn. You be supprised how much it help.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/19/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 10 of your level.