“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Thursday, July 19, 2007

We are so blessed

I know that our family has been blessed with God's grace and mercy everyday as I look at two beautiful, sweet, smart and I think perfect children. I try not to take this for granted but when you hear stories like this one you can't help but wonder why have you been so blessed. I ask that all of you will please pray for this family that God will give them peace, acceptance and the grace to get throught this difficult time and that God's will be done in their lives and through this He will be glorified.

The following e-mail is from a man Donnie works with

Prayer request for the family of Craig and Paige Stewart

This afternoon we met with Dr. Biggio at the Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham. After looking at an ultrasound for a few minutes he was able to confirm what we had already been told – that the babies are indeed conjoined twins. On the ultrasound, he could see two heads, but said that below the heads everything appears as one. It was too early (9.5 weeks) for him to
tell much about the organs, other than that he saw only one heartbeat. Separation would not be an option. He believes that if the babies live until and survive birth, they will be incompatible with life and not live long thereafter. He says there is nothing that doctors could do to help these babies. His recommendation was to terminate the pregnancy.

Believing that all life is in God's hands. we told him that we would continue with the pregnancy. Although for us we didn't really consider this a decision to be made, I must say that I now view the weight of that decision with a different perspective than I have in the past. I suppose we were as prepared for today as we could have been; what he told us
Was basically consistent with what we had already been told. Nonetheless, this has been a very difficult day.

Please continue to lift us up in your prayers. Without God in our lives and Godly people interceding for us, I can't imagine how we'd make it through the coming months. Paige will be living through the process of being pregnant without the expectation of a happy ending. Please pray that faith in the Lord will guide and sustain us through this process
As we move toward whatever conclusion He has planned.


1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Wow. That is heartbreaking and also, very powerful. Thank you for sharing. I'll pass their names on to many of our fellow prayer warriors.