My daughter got in touch with Brendan at the airport. The information desk paged him on the intercom. He was soon to board his flight to London. He returned home to be with me at the hospital. Our baby was well on its way when Brendan arrived. I was delighted to see him. The labour progressed. Brendan brought me extra courage and strength. David was born, a healthy baby boy of ten pounds with a strong pair of lungs.
I have always been excited when I started in labour. I know the waiting is over and my baby will be born soon. I had no fear for my well being or my child’s health. I believe in God’s promise that “Children are a gift from God”Psalm 127 v 3 and “He will keep me safe in childbearing.” 1 Timothy 2 verse 1.
Children wait in anticipation for a Christmas present from parents, or “Santa Claus” and do not be disappointed. Before Christmas I see parents going around franticly looking for their children’s presents, greeting stressed out and spending much money.
“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:11-13 NLT)
Brendan and I decided many years ago to delete Santa Claus out of our family. We had many reasons.
1. Santa Claus is a lie. If we as parents tell our children lies when they are young, then how will they trust us to believe important things we tell them later in life.
2. This lie is mixed in with an important event in the Christian calendar, Christmas, the birth of Jesus, a gift from God the Father. It is good to give gifts to one another at this time to celebrate God’s gift to us. But let us be truthful about it. You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.
3. One can live within ones means. Many people get into debt at Christmas time. The consumer society makes most profit at this time. How come Santa does not go to the poor countries of Africa?
4. One does not have to get stressed out living up to expectations of having to buy presents, Christmas tree, turkey, make big meals, celebrating. Christmas Day is the most stressful day of the year when family tensions run high.
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matthew 6:31-34 NLT)
5. Many people want the fun, fellowship and feasting but do not acknowledge the One that Christmas is all about.
It turned out that eight of our children were born around the Christmas season. Our children were gifts from God to us.
I was very comfortable in the maternity unit I was transferred to. It was a home from home. Twenty five years ago mothers were happy to stay in hospital to get help with their babies. One could get a good night’s sleep. The night nurses fed the babies. Now because of financial cuts and mother’s choice the stay in hospital is one or two days after the baby is delivered.
I was happy for Brendan to go to the conference. I would stay in hospital and enjoy the care, until his return. I got plenty of rest, good food, and had time to bond with my beautiful new son.
I had no care for tomorrow.
David is a bright, handsome young man. He has a heart to work with disadvantaged people. He has already worked in Nicaragua and India. He is overcoming difficulties to get into his destiny that God had planned for him before he was born. May God bless him this year.
It is also the twenty fifth anniversary of the Keg Worth aircraft crash today. On the night of David,s birth, when Brendan was on his way from Belfast to London, a flight from London to Belfast crashed with 114 people on board. Forty seven people died. It is a sad day for many. I will not forget David’s birthday.