of mine, a minister's wife, had been married before she met
her current husband. She and her first husband had two boys,
but between the boys they had lost a girl at birth. No more
children were planned because there was the possibility of
she went to a Christian women's retreat, a Chriscio, with
a great deal of anxiety. She knew no one. While she was standing
in a room filled with women, she heard a voice speak to her.
It was so loud that she turned to see if everyone else in
the room had heard it also. No one had.
said, "You're going to have a daughter, and you are to name
her Sarah. She will be healthy." Immediately, the woman began
to argue with the voice. "We don't want any more children,
and I don't like the name Sarah." The voice said, "I will
prove it to you." Later the group shared an exercise in which
the women were seated at tables which were identified with
the names of women in the Bible. When her name was called,
she was told to sit at the table named Sarah. From that moment
on she began to believe.
their efforts to prevent another baby, she became pregnant
within two months of this time. She waited until well into
her pregnancy to tell her husband the circumstances surrounding
this pregnancy. She called the baby "Sarah" and referred to
her as "she" all during her pregnancy. Her friends worried
about this, thinking that it was wishful thinking due to the
fact that she had previously lost a daughter. One of her friends
asked her if she would be terribly disappointed if it was
not a girl. She answered that there was no chance of it being
a boy, that she had it on "the highest authority."
went into, the same problem occurred which had resulted in
the death of the previous baby. The doctor had to perform
a C-section. Before she saw the baby, she asked the nurse,
"Is she all right?" The nurse asked if she had had an ultra-sound
and she said no. The nurse then asked how she knew it was
a girl. She responded simply, "God told me." The nurse shrugged
and laughed it off.
now a teen, is a loving child whose presence helped her mother
through the difficult time of the divorce.