Janet walked down the dark deserted alley. She felt the baby inside her and instinctively put her hand on her growing tummy. Her eyes filled with tears as she walked toward the clinic. She didn’t see any way out of her situation. She had no where to go and lived on the streets. Her money was gone and if she brought a baby into the world she would have no hope for survival. As she walked, her heart was heavy. For two months she had felt ever so gentle kicks from the life inside her.
“It will be fine,” her boyfriend had told her when she gave in to him that night.
“Where was he now? In fact where was anyone?” Janet thought to herself.
She jumped at a noise she heard in the alley and picked up her pace. A man came out of the shadows. She ran out of the alley and looked at the people milling about the crowded city streets. She longed for a friend. She ran toward the park and sat down on a bench. She heard the laughter of children and looked over at a young man holding a baby. He pulled the baby close to him and kissed her cheek. Janet felt another kick and rubbed her tummy. For some reason she felt compelled to go over to the young man. She got up and slowly walked over to him. He looked up at her and smiled.
“What a beautiful baby,” Janet said.
“Thank you,” he said.
“What’s her name?” Janet asked.
“Hope,” he said.
“Congratulations to you and your wife,” she said.
“I don’t have a wife,” he said.
“It must be hard to be a single dad,” Janet said.
“Yes it is, but I wouldn’t trade her for the world. When she was born my girlfriend and I were ready to give her up for adoption. We were living on the streets with no where to go and I had no money to care for her, but then I saw her little face and looked into her eyes and saw hope for a new life for all three of us. Her mom had different ideas and left me in the hospital holding our daughter. I couldn’t give her up. I found a place I could go and a new friend in Jesus,” he said.
Janet sat down next to him on the bench.
“I’m Kevin, do you live around here?” he asked.
“No not really. I’ve been living on the streets,” Janet said.
“Where are you heading,” Kevin asked.
“I don’t know,” Janet said.
“I can take you to the mission. They will give you a nice hot meal and I would love to tell you about Jesus,” he said.
“Jesus doesn’t want someone like me,” Janet said.
“He loves all people,” Kevin said.
“I have an appointment and I don’t want to be late,” Janet said as she got up to leave.
As she walked toward the clinic her tears returned. She entered the building and saw a room full of pregnant girls. Most of them held a sad look in their eyes as they sat thinking about what they were about to do. She signed in and sat down to wait. As she waited, she thought about Kevin’s words. She had heard stories about how Jesus could be her friend, but why would He want someone like her?
“Janet, the doctor will see you now,” the nurse said.
Janet looked at the nurse and put her hand on her tummy.
“I can’t do it,” she said as she felt the baby move inside her.
She ran out of the clinic. She ran all the way back to the park hoping to find Kevin. He was on the same bench where she had left him and he smiled when he saw her.
“I’m glad you came back,” he said.
“Can you tell me about Jesus?” Janet asked.
“I’d love to,” he said.
Five months later Janet kissed her new baby boy and smiled. She looked over at the rocking chair in the corner of the hospital room. Kevin was sleeping with Hope nestled on his lap. It was a beautiful picture, and as Janet cuddled with her son she knew that with Kevin’s help she had discovered a new hope in Jesus. For the first time in her life she looked forward to the future that God had in store for her and her son.
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