Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I have been teaching childbirth classes at a crisis pregnancy center here in RI.
It has been a little bit slow to start. For my first couple of series of classes I had one or two young mothers who would skip one or two of the classes. Some nights I would show up and no one would be there at all.
But we kept trying. The center's coordinator and I sat down and made a schedule for the classes for the whole year so now she can fit clients in according to due dates. People are starting to show up. Clients are coming in with their boyfriends or husbands.
I feel humbled and grateful that I can help these women prepare for their births. Some of them are confused and scared and I can reassure them that for at least this aspect of parenting, they can be prepared. And I help the dads, too. If the boyfriends or husbands show up, I teach them what to do to support their women during labor. I honor them for being a part of it. We are setting the stage for them to be active participants as parents and I tell you, you can see transformation happen before your very eyes. This is a miracle of God's grace.
Lots of times we get women who want to keep their babies and are looking for some support. But sometimes women who were planning abortions come to the center and change their minds. Sometimes those women end up in my class.
'Why do women who are planning an abortion come to the center in the first place?' I asked the coordinator.
She answered simply, 'The Lord brings them here.'
Which tells me that even in the midst of the chaos of fear, they are open, ever so slightly, to whisperings of God.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.