“I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book, Laughing with Lily,” she said, the fluorescent light casting a sheen on the top of her gray head.
I drew upon my trained response. “What stood out to you in the story?” I’m always eager to know what strikes to the heart of individuals in various seasons and walks of life.
Her gaze flit to the ceiling then rested on me. “The part about the nurse rescuing the baby.”
She definitely had my interest, and I leaned in to listen closely.
“You see, thirty-five years ago, while working as a surgical nurse, the doctor informed the team that he’d be performing a routine hysterectomy. To my shock, when he opened the woman, he lifted out a baby and placed the little one in a metal pan.” Tears rimmed her eyes, but she pressed on. “One nurse reached out to touch the body, but the doctor said, ‘No! Don’t touch that!’”
My heart hurt for this dear woman who in the sharing was reliving this tragic episode in her medical profession, a profession she’d obviously entered to save lives, not take them.
“I watched the baby take a shallow breath,” she continued, “and then the child was gone.” She sighed. “I’ve thought about that day many times since. The baby was about two pounds; he might have survived with the proper care.”
What could I say to this dear reader? My story had obviously reopened old wounds that had never quite healed.
When I opened my mouth to offer a word of comfort, she said, “Thank you for writing Laughing with Lily.” Then she walked away, leaving me to wonder about her healing journey.
Had God placed my book in her hands for such a time as this? Even thirty-five years after the horrible scene she’d witnessed?
In God’s sovereign order of things, I believe so. Prayerfully, my words struck a chord in her soul, and like the one leper out of the ten healed, she returned to say, “Thank you.”
Has God used you to offer clarity, conviction, or comfort in another’s life? If so, did anyone ever come back to say, “Thank you?” What did that feel like? Were you able to offer more words of encouragement or direct the person in a certain way? Share about your experience. Let us encourage each other, AND you’ll be entered into the drawing for our lovely gift-basket give-away filled with:
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Why I Wrote Laughing with Lily
Eileen Rife, author of Laughing with Lily, speaks to women’s groups, encouraging them to discover who they are in Christ and what part they play in His amazing story! www.eileenrife.com, www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com, www.guardyourmarriage.com.