God has answered my prayer, and I can truly say I believe in miracles. Because there is one sleeping on my shoulder as I write this.
This week my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The last few days have been a blur of feeding, changing and comforting a newborn, with short bursts of sleep in between. I didn’t know my heart could be this full of love.
I have recounted on this site my many disappointments in trying to have a child. Just over a year ago, my wife and I experienced this same tragedy. Now here I am, staring down the barrel of my fiftieth birthday as a first-time dad.
I won’t attempt to assign meaning to all the events that led to this. I don’t believe God directs every action and event in our lives like some omnipotent puppet master. But there can be little doubt that behind the curtain of this play that is unfolding, is the hand of the Playwright.
So now this family of converts to Orthodoxy has one among them who was born into the faith.The coming days will see her reception into the Church through special prayers leading up to her baptism.
On the evening of her birth, a priest prayed over her. On the eighth day after her birth, we will offer prayers and she will receive the name by which she will be known in the Church. This follows the example of our Lord, who received His name on the eighth day after His birth.
In about 40 days is her baptism and the reception of the sacrament of Communion. It will be a joyous time for us as a family, and for our parish a time of celebration.
God Has Answered
To all of you who have offered prayers for my family, I thank you. To everyone that has helped guide me and my family into the Church, I pray God’s blessings on you.
Our child’s name means “God has answered.” If ever God has heard one of my prayers, it was this one. She is a miracle and a blessing. She is my salvation.
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