As we prayed in the hospital waiting room, her husband emerged from pre-op. He looked at me and said, “She wants to see you before they take her into surgery.” I jumped from my place and nearly ran through the doors to be with our middle daughter. She was in a very dangerous state. Having lost her first son to similar health issues, they were about to take her second son by emergency C-section. But he was not due until May 15th. And it was only February 28th. His chances were very slim.
“Dear God, please spare us from sorrow upon sorrow. Protect this little life, and that of his mother.”
As I reached her bedside, one look told me my fears were justified.
“Lord please watch over our beloved daughter Amanda. Strengthen her husband Shane. We ask for Your mercy and healing, please Lord, please.”
I held her hand for a minute and kissed her forehead. Silently, I wondered if I had kissed her good-bye.
“Father, please spare her life. She’s been so weak and so sick for months. Lord we ask for the baby to be strong and healthy. We need a miracle. But You are able!”
I walked outside in the crisp cold air. Pansies and violas lifted their pretty faces and listened as I made call after call to friends and family, asking for prayer.
Back in the waiting room, my two sisters arrived with food. Knowing they had left work two counties away and had hurried to be with me gave such great comfort.
Shane came through the doors to the waiting room. Looking like a surgeon still in his operating garb, he announced:
“It’s a boy. Two pounds, fifteen ounces, and Amanda is fine. The baby’s name is Able, as-in God is able to do above all that we ask or think. We’ve had his name picked out for a while, but we didn’t know how appropriate it would be!”
Steadily baby Able grew stronger. The nurses in the NICU were wonderful. Finally, on May 19th, at nearly three months old, he got to go home.
Today we celebrate his third birthday!
“Thank You sweet Lord! You are so amazing!”
“Now all glory to God, Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think!” -Ephesians3:20