Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The love of mothers contrasted

There's an interesting story in the Gospel of Luke:
Satan brought Jesus to Jerusalem and set him on a pinnacle of the temple. He said to Him, "If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here, for it is written, "He shall give his angels charge over you to keep thee, and in their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"

And Jesus answering him said, "It is said, You shall not tempt the Lord your God'".
It's rather odd that Jesus did not say that Satan was wrong in saying that angels would protect him, but rather that it was unwise to put himself in a situation where it would be necessary.

I'm reminded of that today:

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - Shayna Richardson was making her first solo skydiving jump when she had trouble with her parachutes and, while falling at about 50 mph, hit face first in a parking lot. Although badly hurt, she survived — and doctors treating her injuries discovered she was pregnant.

Four surgeries and two months later, Richardson said she and the fetus are doing fine.

"Just this last week we went and saw the doctor and we've got arms, we've got legs. We've got a full face. The baby is moving around just fine. The heart rate looks good. So not only did God save me but he spared this baby," she said.
Here's a woman who believes God saved her, and I'm tempted to believe that such is the case. Sometimes He does, and things that should kill us do not - I believe it not because I can prove it, but because I was also involved in such a fall (that also went wrong) and might have killed me. I wasn't skydiving: I was jumping off a pretty high cliff into a lake, 2 days by canoe from the nearest phone. I thought I was dead, prayed my last prayer, then missed the rocks by inches. Sometimes God saves us, but I don't know that I ever did that again. I would not do it today. Life involves risk, but it's not too smart to voluntarily put yourself into a position where the only thing between you and death is God's saving hand.

So what does Richardson do?
Richardson said her due date is June 25. She plans to make her next parachute jump in August.
Hey, it's her life, and this may sound cold, but if she smears herself all over the ground next time the only one I'll grieve for is a kid who grows up without a mom because the latter didn't have a clue.

I'm glad there are some mothers out there who care enough for their kids to think of them first:
A mother who found out she had cancer after becoming pregnant sacrificed her life for her unborn baby by refusing an abortion and chemotherapy, a British newspaper reported. Devout Catholic Bernadette Mimura, known as Milai, shunned the potentially life-saving treatment because doctors told her it would kill the child, the Northern Echo regional daily reported Friday.

The 37-year-old, a native of the Philippines who lived near Stockton-on-Tees in northeast England with her British partner, Adam Taylor, survived long enough to see the birth of their son, Nathan. But soon after seeing him baptized, she was transferred to a hospice and died about a week later. "Being a Catholic, for her abortion was out of the question," Mr. Taylor told the newspaper. "It was a tough decision, but the decision was we could not give up on Nathan."

The boy, now 4 months old, was premature but was born fit and healthy.
One gave all for her child, one was given a second chance to do so and has apparently decided to leap from the temple anyway.

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