Book Discussion - An Amish Christmas, Part 2

1) Sarah has wanted to birth a baby ever since she married her husband, Daniel. Many of her friends in the community have been able to conceive and bear a child, but she has not been able to. Having had a miscarriage the Christmas before, Sarah is already having a hard time moving on and waiting until God's timing this Christmas -- and when a pregnant woman and her husband show up on Sarah's doorstep and stay through the storm, it becomes increasingly hard for Sarah to be content. What's harder is that the woman doesn't know of the hurt she is inflicting on Sarah when she oohs and awws over her unborn little one.
Have you ever wanted to do something really badly but are unable to, though everyone else you know is? How does it feel when people you know talk about how great the experience was -- making you feel like you missed something amazing?

Ok this is something I can really relate to. Having moved a few months ago from the place I call home, it's been rough for me to miss out on special occasions that I miss because of the move -- and since I'm still involved in the same social sites and visit often, it is very hard to see/hear the stories of great times and all that I missed. It's not so much the fact that I missed the event, but that I wasn't there to enjoy it with them; to see the smiles, hear the laughter, tell the stories, and enjoy the moment. :(
But, as this is all a part of something known as life, something that is often times very hard to grasp, and it has made me enjoy the moments I do have with them even more.
2) When staying with Sarah and David, their expecting stranger, Kate, goes into labor. David and Jason, Kate's husband, are desperate to find help, but are unable to because of the snow storm. Have you ever been in somewhat of a crisis and been unable to help? How does it feel to be so NOT in control of something?
Well, I've never been in a situation quite like this, but I did have a close friend of mine get kicked by a horse and have her spleen ruptured earlier this year. It was said that it was only centimeters off from hitting an artery, causing her to bleed to death before they could even think about getting her to a hospital. Talk about scary! But anyway -- during the time that she was first in the hospital when they were unsure of what was going to happen to her, all of her close friends were there for her...except me. I was unable to go and be there for her -- unable to be there for the family who was scared out of their wits. It was really hard to have to sit at home and know that one of my best friends was laying on a gurney in a hospital in immense pain that the doctor's were not being able to lessen and I was at home. Unable to be there for her. I did what I could from home though. When Josh told me what had happened, I spread the word to my Church, everyone I know, and I prayed. I prayed. And prayed. And prayed. Can't say I got a lot of sleep that night.
Well after several days, I did finally manage to get over to the hospital. She was doing a lot better and was I was able to see her.
And just in case you were wondering, she's completely recovered now, though it took more than 6 months.
Ok sorry for the huge, long story. But it was the perfect example for me of someone I know and love being in trouble and I being unable to do anything. I had to set the problem in God's hands and let Him take care of her, as I knew He would.
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."


Molly said...

I am have been trying really hard not to read anything on this book as I haven't read it yet and want to really bad! However, I couldn't resist your discussion. This book sounds so wonderful!


Renee Ann said...

Thanks for sharing the story about your friend. It's funny how it's hard for us to trust folks to God's hands when we can't be with them. He's the all-powerful and can do for them what we can't! Glad your friend fully recovered!

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