After Karen, my second child began kindergarten, I accepted a part-time job in the accounting department at Sears. Before putting Karen into daycare, she needed a TB test. While at the clinic, I told the nurse I wasn’t feeling well… sort of symptoms of pregnancy. I had considered myself “done” with babies, but submitted to a pregnancy test. The next morning she called, “Congratulations, Mrs. Gillis, you’re pregnant.” I nearly dropped the phone receiver.
At a pre-natal examination, the doctor discovered a lump on my throat. After tests, the doctor said the suspicious tumor had to go. The next two months, while waiting for surgery, I agonized over the child I carried and cried to God, “Will this baby have a mother? Will this baby be healthy?” I found myself so in love with this unborn child that I couldn’t believe my earlier doubt of wanting another child. The tumor proved to be benign and the baby came into the world healthy. Susan has been a blessing to our family.
Family has always been important to me. Whatever family structure you have, God wants us to give them our attention. It’s God first and family second. Author Travis Hearn (“Your BUTS Too Big”) says, “Family always comes before career, money, and even ministry-and let me tell you something, you’ll have to fight for it. Life is demanding.”
Help us, God, to keep our priorities in order: You and then family. Amen.