I asked again, “why is it bad timing”? "A" finally said, “I want this baby, but my wife does not”. I said “have you prayed about this together”? "A" said they had not. I said “that is the real problem, you are trying to handle this on your own”. "A" said, “Yes I believe this is true”.
I asked if we could pray right now for peace of mind and for the healthy and well being of the mom. "A" said yes. Since I was leaning in the window on the mom’s side I took her hand and began to pray. “Sweet Jesus, please protect the health and well being of this beautiful mom and her child. Please give "A" the strength to be the father that you have called him to be. In the name of Jesus please bind up any confusion about this decision and help "A" and his wife, the mother of this beautiful baby, make the right decision, in Jesus name”.
I said to "A", you need to be the man and realize that a woman may say “we cannot handle this right now”. What she is saying is "'A', I am not sure you are strong enough to take care of us”. "A", can you be the man and do what you are supposed to do? If someone were to do harm to your wife, would you stand by and let them harm her, or would you do, as I am sure you would, stand in the door of your home and give your life for your wife? "A" said, “of course I would protect her”.
I said, “Then you must protect her now, and protect your child in her. When God gives you a child, you cannot second guess HIS wisdom. You cannot toss out the precious gift God has given you. How do you know this is not the only child God will give you. Do you know how many marriages fall apart from the trauma such as this? Do you really think you will be able to look at your wife again in the same way, or she to you, knowing the life of your child was taken for convenience or bad timing?"
"Will you take five minutes and go someplace quiet and pray with your wife alone. Take her from this evil place." He left. A few minutes later he returned. He drove in. Jackie and I nearly fainted. We prayed out loud for Jesus and HIS mom to come rescue this child and claim this mom. A moment later they drove out and stopped. "A" rolled down his window and said “we are going to keep our baby. I can handle this”. We praised him for being the man God called him to be. We reassured him how pleased God will be with this beautiful act of unselfishness. We again offered help, but he said they did not need it. I gave him my own business card and cell number, and they left. Praise God! If Jackie had not realized they were a couple searching for the Abortion Mill we would not have had this opportunity. Praise God for Jackie's wisdom.
submitted by Michael Rankin
January 26, 2006
Labels: Sidewalk Counseling stories
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