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Topic: Joy (05/18/06)
TITLE: A Parent's Joy
By Karen Treharne
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“Hi, Mom. It’s just me checking in. How are you and Dad?”
“We’re doing fine, honey. What’s up with you?”
“Actually … well … I’m pregnant.”
“You’re pregnant? Wow. You two must be very happy. When is it due?"
Her strength was as sapped as if it was the middle of summer, but she knew she had to explain. Looking out the window, she was just in time to see the change in the weather which only added to her depression. The sun had moved out of sight and dark clouds filled with rain were taking its place.
“I don’t really know how to tell you, Mom - I’m four months pregnant and Frank and I are getting a divorce. I’m feeling rejected, vulnerable and unloved - and I’m so sick to my stomach from crying into my pillow every night, that I can’t sleep.”
“Four months? Divorce? - oh no. Why didn’t you tell us sooner? Is there anything we can do?”
“No. I don’t need anything. I just couldn’t hold it inside any longer. Believe it or not, I’m honestly trying to find some joy in all of this. Don’t worry. I’ll call you tomorrow and we‘ll talk longer. It‘s best if you and Dad have some time to adjust to the idea of being grandparents.”
Kelly hung up the phone with a frown. Everything seemed so distorted. She prayed for new thoughts. Happy thoughts. But God didn’t seem to hear her.
She shuffled into the kitchen and sat down at the table. There was a hallow feeling in the pit of her stomach. Maybe she should eat something? No. The thought of food made her gag …
What was that? …
The fluttering she felt was as subtle as a humming-bird kiss. In fact, she wasn’t sure there had been any movement at all. She sat still and held her breath.
There it was again.
The life inside of her was growing and stretching ever so slightly.
She sighed at the joy she felt in this small pleasure and leaned back in her chair, stretching her own legs out as she imagined her baby was doing.
Then she glanced outside and saw a rainbow. Was this God’s answer? Sun and rain? Joy and sorrow?
She laughed softly as tears fell down her haggard face. Her hands rested on her stomach, and she realized for the first time in many months that the best was yet to come.
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