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Topic: Ohhh…. (02/04/10)
By Patricia Protzman
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â€śOhhh.... I canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m pregnant, we tried to be careful.â€ť Marcy muttered, as she flung the test stick into the waste basket. She shuffled across the hall, laid upon her bed, and stared at the ceiling.
Iâ€™ve awakened the last two mornings nauseated. Three pregnancies in three years, this will make four babies, five if itâ€™s twins again. Greg will be happy, he wants a large family. I do too, but Iâ€™d rather not have the babies so close together. The surprise Valentine dinner I planned for the two of us tonight wonâ€™t be the only surprise.
Marcy closed her eyes.
No one else is aware of this pregnancy. I could drive to the next town where nobody knows me and the problem would be resolved. Mom and dad have the children and itâ€™s early enough in the day. I think I could get it done before Greg came home. No one will ever know.
God says, â€śThou Shalt Not Murderâ€ť (Exodus 20:13 NIV.)
I donâ€™t think God considers this murder. It hasnâ€™t developed into an actual baby, yet, and would be like a miscarriage.
God told Jeremiah, â€śBefore I formed you in the womb, I knew you...â€ť (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)
No one understands how I feel. This is my body and I know whatâ€™s good for me. God doesnâ€™t want me to go through another pregnancy if I donâ€™t want to. I have three babies.
â€ťDo you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.â€ť (I Corinthians 6: 19, 20 NIV)
Marcy was jolted from her reflections by door chimes.
She stepped into her slippers, hurried to the living room, and opened the door. A young man stood there with a white, porcelain vase full of pink roses.
â€śAre you Mrs. Marcy Blevins?â€ť He asked.
â€śThese are for you.â€ť
â€śThank you. Uh...let me get you a tip.â€ť She placed the roses on an end table and removed a few dollars from her purse. â€śHere you go. Have a nice day.â€ť
â€śThanks, you too.â€ť
The card read, â€śMarcy, to my eternal love. Happy Valentineâ€™s Day! Your Lover, Gregâ€ť
Mmmm...Heavenly fragrance. Greg never forgets. He is the best husband.
Marcy ambled toward the family room and settled into one of the bean bag chairs. Her eyes moved to a gold frame which held three treasuresâ€”her children. Angelic faces stared back; Jody, two years old and the twins Amy and Michael, who celebrated their one-year-old birthday last month. Sometime next spring, another cherub would be added to the family.
I donâ€™t know why those awful ideas came into my mind. Lord, forgive me for these evil thoughts. I could never kill one of my unborn children. Please give me the strength to take care of my babies and Greg.
Marcy stood, ran her fingers across the childrenâ€™s images and said, â€śI love you.â€ť
The next few hours she tidied the house, prepared dinner, and dressed. The front door slammed shut. Greg sauntered into the kitchen and placed his arms around Marcyâ€™s waist. He bent down, kissed her lips, and said, â€śI see you received the roses, like them? Where are the kids?â€ť
â€śI love the roses. Mom and dad have the children. I wanted to surprise you with a Valentineâ€™s Day dinner.â€ť
â€śYum, it smells good in here. What did you fix?â€ť
â€śSteaks, shrimp, baked potatoes, tossed salad, and chocolate fudge cake with fudge frosting, your favorites.â€ť
â€śWow.â€ť Oh, I have another surprise.â€ť Greg said as he waved a piece of paper.
â€śOh yeah? I have another one for you, too and itâ€™s a doozy, Iâ€™ll tell you later. Whatâ€™s your surprise?â€ť
â€śI received a raise in my salary. Isnâ€™t that great?â€ť He asked caressing her cheek.
She smiled, gazed up into his green eyes, and said, â€śYes it is, honey. The extra money will come in handy. Babies are expensive.â€ť
He pulled her close and asked, â€śCanâ€™t you give me a hint what your surprise is?
â€śSure,â€ť Marcy said as she stood on her toes to receive his kiss. â€śOur love.â€ť
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