The glaring light of the hospital corridor seemed to bounce off my very pregnant belly. I was the on-call chaplain and the pager hand gone off calling me to the maternity floor. There was only one reason spiritual care was paged there, that late at night.
I was buzzed onto the floor, briefly stopped by the desk, and headed to the room. The nurse met me in the hallway and caught me up, first asking if I would be okay after glancing at my stomach. A woman went into labor too early. The child was born quickly and before its time. The husband stood outside the room as the nurses finished cleaning-up inside.
“I never thought this could happen. We get married, she gets pregnant, and we have a family. Women have babies all the time. I never thought about them having problems.”
His body and voice and words portrayed a while new world opening up for him. He was on the edge, seeing into the abyss where our hearts break.
He hesitated, “Can I go in?”
“Yes, she is your wife.”
At times, we have all seen into that abyss. But, God’s love is as strong there as it is in the seemingly perfect world we have been forced to leave behind. This man chose to go forward and enter this new life, but he was not alone. He and his wife would continue to be loved and supported on their journey by God.
Lord, help us as our world changes. Help us enter into our lives fully, even in the midst of chaos or despair or unknowing. Help us hand over our lives to you. Amen.
Romans 8:38-39 (CEB) I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present thing or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.