Life is filled with expectations! However, many times they go unmet and yet God continues to bless and provide. This Advent, some of our Messiah staff will share stories of times when their life expectations were not met and yet God worked through the situation anyway. We pray these stories will encourage you as we think about What to Expect...When You're Expecting! Let’s prepare our hearts and homes for Jesus, the best unexpected blessing we will ever receive!!

Gift of God

Sandy Lark | Preschool Aide

In September of 1983, our family was looking forward to the birth of our second child. Our oldest son was eight and was excited about having a sibling. That morning I went out to run a few errands and while at the bank realized that today was the day!! Our little bundle of joy arrived five weeks early after an emergency c-section and lots of drama in the middle of the afternoon.

Around 9PM that evening, the medical staff noticed that our little one was having breathing difficulties. His lungs were not fully developed.  He was rushed to Children’s Hospital NICU without my having seen or held him. My husband traveled back and forth between the two hospitals before convincing staff that I needed to be transferred to the hospital where our baby was.

Once I was able to see our little one in the NICU, I relied on God, my husband, and friends. Our pastor came to baptize our baby while he rested in the bassinet of the NICU. Five days after his birth I was finally allowed to hold him for the first time. It was early in the morning as I sat and rocked him. I knew that he was a child of God and the only prayer that came to me that morning was verse 3 of “Away in a Manger.”

Be near me LORD Jesus I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to heaven to live with Thee there

As I continued to rock our baby, I knew I needed to release him to God’s loving arms. At peace, I gave him a kiss and continued to rock. One week after his birth, he was strong enough to be released from the hospital. God heard our pleas and prayers and gave us a wonderful gift. His name = Matthew = which means Gift of God.

Romans 6:23
But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

LORD God, even though the expecting became the unexpected, You walked beside us and we now give You all the glory. Thank You for Your great love.  Amen.

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