Jump directly to the Content

When God Takes, He Also Gives

When the doctor told us it was a boy, we were ecstatic. My wife, Wanette, and I had cherished the arrival of our two beautiful daughters. Now we had wanted a son. And he had come. We named him Matthew (meaning "a gift from God") Peter William-the double middle name was an heirloom of my family for four generations.

Following the doctor's routine check of our son's moving parts, we were allowed to take him back with us to the postpartum room. He nursed vigorously from his mother and we admired him with pride. He was beautiful! With joy we shared the news of his arrival with family and friends until fatigue finally caught up with us. It was 3 A.M. and I prepared to return home.

Five hours later the phone rang. It was Wanette. Something was wrong with Matthew, she said shakily. An hour earlier the attending nurse had noticed Matthew's color was not good. The doctors had quickly examined him and diagnosed the problem as either pneumonia or fetal heart circulation-a condition where the heart ...

July/August
Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

Related
Skye Jethani: Beauty from 9/11's Ashes
Skye Jethani: Beauty from 9/11's Ashes
Reflections from my visit to Ground Zero.
From the Magazine
My Dreams Had Come True. But the Panic Attacks Remained.
My Dreams Had Come True. But the Panic Attacks Remained.
How I discovered God’s peace and found relief from debilitating anxiety.
Editor's Pick
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
Understanding God and our world needs more than bare reason and experience.
close