Tuesday, December 19
Laura Phelan, RPC member since November 2005
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. - Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
My husband Kevin and my daughter Annie are kindred spirits. Not only do they look and act alike, they just get one another. Their connection is one of the things I hold most dear about our family. But their relationship is more than that. Annie is the one who took Kevin's hand and led him on a journey to Christ before she was even in grade school.
I fell for Kevin the moment I saw him. But as our relationship moved towards commitment, I was hesitant. I was a Christian with a deep faith, and Kevin was an agnostic with a skeptical view of the church. Still, something kept me there and eventually, we were married. Attending church alone most Sundays wasn't easy. Waiting on God is hard work. But all along I had this unexplained trust that Kevin would come to know Him.
On December 18, 2007, just one week shy of Christmas, our first-born, Annie, came into the world. The moment of her birth, Kevin's heart had a definitive shift. It shifted from all else in life. In that hospital room, God was at work. He turned Kevin's heart to her and, ultimately, to Him. Through the years, Annie guided him, asking him to pray with her, requesting Bible stories at bedtime, talking about God's love. From there, people in our congregation joined her, praying for and encouraging Kevin. At 7 years old, Annie stood by her father in this very place as he was baptized.
When Annie was very small, she and I were looking at my wedding album. She asked where she and her sister Maggie were in the photos and I explained that they weren't born yet. She turned her tiny face to me, golden locks bouncing, and asked, "Oh, were we in the waiting room?"
Today, as I remember her birth, I am in awe of the power of the Almighty. On December 18, 2007, Annie left the waiting room to join us here on Earth. My life has never been the same. But for Kevin, the difference is eternal. God used a small child to work wonders in our family. The miracle is, He does the same for all of us in Christ. Rejoice, for unto us a child is born.
Almighty God, thank you for your perfect timing, and for the gift of your Son, both in this season and always. Amen.
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