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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: Braelyn's Song
By Nadine Clark


Braelyn's Song
The last week of October 2007 was a day marked with worried anticipation. We received news of the impending delivery of my great- niece Christy's baby. He would be three months too early. A serious complication developed, putting the baby in grave danger. The umbilical cord carrying lifeís blood from mother to baby was deteriorating. It was only allowing 20% of the necessary blood flow a baby needs to survive. Christy was told there was 0% survival rate inside or outside of the womb for her baby. She was advised to go home with the expectation the baby would not survive the weekend. The outlook was bleak. Christy needed a miracle.
I happened to be a respite caregiver for two beautiful three year old twins. They were born very early as well. The birth weight of the boys was 1 lb 7oz and 1 lb 10oz, respectively. As I tucked the boys in bed for their nap, I asked the Lord to open up the umbilical cord of Christyís child and allow it to function as it should. I pleaded He give Christy the same opportunity to parent her child as this couple had. My heart ached as I pulled the covers up. As I was praying, little Samuel spoke up and said, "play number 2 Miss Nadine". He was referring to the CD in his stereo. I turned it on and heard the instrumental version of the Christian song, "Deep and Wide". Deep and wide, deep and wide there's a fountain flowing deep and wide, deep and wide, deep and wide, there's a fountain flowing deep and wide. I felt an assurance God heard my prayer.
Monday came and my niece Lorrie shared the news the cord was now functioning at 40%. Lorrie exact words were," There may not have been blood flowing through that cord, but something was!Ē. Braelyn Makhi Tucker arrived via caesarean section on Monday evening November 5th 2007. He weighed 12 oz. He was 10 Ĺ inches long. He was no bigger than a bag of Chocolate chips. He was alive! Braelyn overcame countless medical setbacks. Joyously He was brought home 2 days before Motherís Day 2008. He continues to thrive despite his small stature and eating difficulties.
There were times when Braelyn was struggling so hard to survive we felt our prayers were selfish. We had come to the crossroad of trusting man or God for his life. Painfully we relinquished him to the care of God. Braelyn ultimately belonged to Him. His days were numbered by God alone.
Braelynís existence is a witness of Godís ability to change the bleakest of circumstance. His story is a testimony of Godís involvement in the lives of His children. Our outlook is based on our willingness to believe and trust our Omnipotent God.

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Joanne Sher 06/11/11
What a powerful story. Thank you so very much for sharing it. What a gift Braelyn is.
Nancy Bucca06/12/11
The last line about trusting God says it all. A wonderful story with a happy ending.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/12/11
This is a stunning story. It's amazing how God can answer prayers when we put our trust in God.
Bonnie Bowden 06/13/11
Braelyn is certainly a miracle! I'm glad God shows us His love and compassion in our lives.

Double spacing between paragraphs makes it easier to read. There were a couple minor grammatical errors, but they did not hinder this tender story from shining through.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/17/11
Congratulations for ranking 8th in level one!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/17/11
Look in message boards under heading Writing Challenge to find the thread Winners andHighest rankings. It's usually posted late Thurs night.