In October of 2000, I was ready to give birth to our first born son, Jonathan. The day before Jonathan was born, my contractions were 5-7 minutes apart but we were sitting in the ER for my husband, Jeff. He had terrible stomach cramps.
You can imagine how funny it looked to have Jeff doubled over in pain, while I sat keeping track of my own contractions. He was much worse off than I was – poor guy. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong and sent us home.
The next day I went back to the hospital and had the baby. Jeff’s stomach cramps disappeared when baby Jonathan arrived. Looking back, we believe Jeff’sfear about the birth and parenthood kept him in pain!
Fear comes when we realize we are not in control, when we don’t know how things will turn out. Fear gives us stomach cramps and fills our heads with “What ifs”. The noise and distraction of fear keeps us from hearing and seeing the GOOD that God has planned. Fear will even rob us of the relationships around us when we let it take over. In all of our families, there is so much we can’t control, so much we don’t know.
At the birth of Jesus, this Christmas season, let’s not be doubled over in pain, worried about what lies ahead. Let’s “FEAR NOT” and receive the Good News of Jesus into our hearts, and into our families!
Heidi Connors, Minister to Children and Their Families