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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sightseeing (08/08/05)

TITLE: Lord, Show Us Your Glory
By Cheryl Harrison


“Whew, that one had to make a difference”, I said as I looked up from the monitor.

Julie’s grip around my hand slowly relaxed as the labor contraction subsided. Her weary body sank into the pillows propped behind her back. Anticipating another wave of pain, she continued a steady rhythm of breathing. A wisp of hair had fallen into her eyes and as I brushed it away I prayed for strength.

“It hurts”, she gasped. Her voice trembled with fear, “Why does it have to hurt so much?”

Groaning through clenched teeth, Julie’s eyes filled with tears, “I can’t do this”, she said.

Continuing in prayer I silently pleaded, “Oh, God, please comfort her heart.” I wiped her face with a cool cloth and encouraged her, “Don’t give up Julie”, it won’t be long.”

Hours passed while contractions repeatedly ravaged her body. When the doctor arrived, I knew the time had come.

Julie’s high-risk pregnancy began in turmoil and would soon end in tragedy. The previous two months had been especially challenging. Doctors feared the baby would be born with serious health problems.

By faith, Julie decided against abortion and chose to carry her baby full term. Today, healthy or not, her baby would be born.

Doctors and nurses surrounded Julie as the baby entered the world. At first sight, the little boy appeared healthy. Julie’s face brightened as she watched the nurse care for her son. She prayed for some indication of hope, but the knowing glance passing between the doctor and nurse brought grief to her heart.

“Please”, she cried. “Let me hold him.”

The nurse wrapped Matthew in a soft blanket and placed him in Julie’s arms.

Nothing will ever compare with the sight of Julie holding her son. She softly sang lullabies into his ear and a few minutes later Matthew died.

Gazing at her newborn son, Julie stroked his cheek and tearfully said, “He came into this world for a moment and has now returned to eternity. My heart already misses him, but I know I will see him again. He will wait for me at the gates of heaven and together we will see God’s glory.

My heart filled with joy as I prayed, “Lord, please let Julie see your glory in the midst of her pain."

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Randy Shaffer08/15/05
WOW! Lord, be with and comfort this and other families who have felt this type of pain. Help them to see Your Glory in this lifetime. Amen.
Carrie Sund08/15/05
That brought tears to my eyse it was beautiful
Elisabeth Seiter08/15/05
Love sometimes brief is still everlasting..
Jan Ackerson 08/15/05
Lovely, sad story, well-written. I may have missed the connection to "sightseeing," though.
karen McLamb08/17/05
Shari Armstrong 08/17/05
A heartbreaking story :(
Shannon Redmon08/20/05
I don't think words can express what a beautiful story you have told...
Shelley Snyder08/20/05
This brought tears to my eyes. I too fail to see the connection to sightseeing, but thought it was well written.
Nina Phillips08/21/05
I think I can understand sightseeing here. One of the most prescious sites is seeing our children be born, being able to whisper how much we love them, and knowing that whatever happens, we will see them again. What a beautiful site that will be too. Thank you for sharing you beautiful story and faith. God bless ya, littlelight
Julianne Jones08/22/05
Beautiful and emotional. I liked the sight we were given of Julie setting sight on her baby for the first time, and the knowledge that she will see him again. Thank you for sharing.
Theresa Veach08/22/05
Wow, what a sight to see and then what a tragedy to lose such a sight..not being able to see her child grow...but then knowing she will see him again when we all see God's glorious day; beautiful and touching. If this story is true, my heart goes out to you and "Julie." I'll be looking for her baby in heaven to that I can see him too! with love
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/25/10
This is beautiful. I used to work in OB and it was always difficult when there was a sick or stillborn baby. Yet somehow it was still wonderful, even though the grieving process is horrific and never-ending, any amount of time spent with a baby shows the glory of God, whether the time was a few minutes after birth or just the time in utero, the miracle of God shines through. You really illustrated that with this story.