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Topic: Countdown to Christmas/Advent (10/23/08)
TITLE: Two Babies Born That Night
By Corinne Boback
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I am barely sixteen. In an overgrown sweatshirt, no one would notice at a glance that I am with child. I am expecting in a little more than a month. My family could not be happier for me. They have called me special since the moment they knew I was pregnant. When the family doctor confirmed that the baby was due around January 1st, a huge night of partying was planned in my honor. I cried throughout the entire party, and could not be consoled. I am just a sixteen-year-old girl.
Walking among the throngs of shoppers, I wondered how they would have felt had they known my secret. As I pondered that thought, I could not help but wonder how poor Mary must have felt, not truly understanding how she was chosen by God to carry His Son, the Savior of the world, in her young womb. I, too, wondered why I was chosen to carry this child, out of all the young girls in the family who were childbearing age. Why me? Why now? Why for this holiday? Why for this purpose?
There is, of course, one major difference in the pregnancy that brought Jesus into the world, and my pregnancy. Mary was chosen, and became pregnant, as a young virgin, through the power of the Holy Ghost. There was no man involved. She was the chosen handmaiden for the most important birth that this world would ever experience. My pregnancy was planned and purposed, and occurred through a vicious sexual orgy. It would produce a baby that would be killed shortly after birth. Mary was chosen by God, and because of her willingness, His plan of salvation for mankind would be accomplished. I was the chosen handmaiden of Satan. I was not willing to carry this baby, but there was no choice given. God is a God of choices. Satan is a god of control. In this horrific event in my life, Satan had the final say.
The weeks passed all too quickly. Labor was induced on that Christmas Eve, so that the baby would arrive on time. I screamed, not because of the physical pain, but in knowing this baby I had carried and grown to love would soon be killed. I somehow knew how wrong all of this was. I believe the truth of Jesus is inside of every man, just waiting to be discovered. Although I was raised in Satanism, something inside of me realized that the Baby Jesus should not be mocked in this way. No woman should be tortured like this; no baby murdered. I felt retched and defiled.
Forty years have passed since the death of my son. Until seven years ago, I had no recollection of that day, or of any other satanic memories. Jesus Christ protected my mind from the truth until it was time for me to be set free.
One day not long ago, as I cried for the baby boy I never got to touch, Jesus came to me in a vision. He was holding my little one in His arms. He held him out to me, and asked if I would like to hold him. I took him in my arms for the first time. After a while, Jesus said, “You didn’t have a choice before. I am giving you the choice now. Do you want to hold him longer, or do you choose to give him back to Me?” I handed him back gladly, knowing he was safe in His loving care.
When Christmas comes this year, as I celebrate the birth of Jesus, I will thank Him for taking my son back to his eternal home the moment he was born. I will praise Him for His radiant light that continually drew me out of the darkness I was living in. I will thank Him most of all that because of my Savior’s birth, death has lost its power. I will spend eternity with my baby boy. Merry Christmas, sweet Jesus!
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