Hey guys! Kyle and I were asked to share our testimony, and therefore the story about our Gabe, this past Sunday. Our pastor has been doing a series called "Scars" all about the hurts and brokenness that we all go through. We have been looking at how hope can be found within the despair. He thought it would be appropriate for the church to hear about our journey on the week that he would be sharing about how Christ died for all of us. It was such a great experience! Yes, we were nervous, but we know that our story touched many lives on Sunday and that made it all worth it!
Our story was shared in two parts. The despair part of our story was shot earlier in the week and shown as a video to begin the sermon. Then we went on stage (for TWO services!!) and described the hope that was found even in our despair.
Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBkfyvv6qYs
Then I shared the following: "The main question [in this sermon series] is 'Where is God in your story?' and we would say that He was everywhere in ours. Even in the beginning, we fell in love with the name Gabriel before we realized, or even fathomed that our son would become an angel. God's presence was so close to us. Along the way, we were given many opportunities to take control of our situation: to terminate the pregnancy, to be induced, and to schedule a c-section and plan the day we would meet our son. We were tempted, but God was right by our side whispering, "This is out of your hands" and "It's not your decision to make." There were even a few miracles along the way. My entire pregnancy Gabe was transverse (side to side) and at the very last minute he moved into a breech position, which allowed us to have him naturally and avoid a c-section, which would have made our time with him that much more difficult. This truly was a miracle as he had no amniotic fluid around him to move. And, it's not uncommon for Potter's babies to pass away during pregnancy or in labor, but Gabe was born alive. And he lived for two hours. Family and friends were able to spend time with him."
Then Kyle added "Before all of this happened, Meghan and I would have called ourselves Christians. We would have said that we trust God and that God is good, but now I feel like I didn't really mean it before. It's like, until I had to trust God with something big, something that really mattered, I didn't really know what it meant to trust Him. One of the biggest changes in Meghan and I is our perspective on life. We have this eternal perspective now. Our lives here on Earth are so short and temporary compared with the eternity we will spend in heaven. Because of that, we don't really sweat the small stuff and our hearts are focused on loving God and loving others. I hope that in all we shared that people don't get the impression that God has fixed everything and put a smile on our faces everyday when we wake up and that everything's perfect, cause it's not. We still have days where we wake up depressed and you can still catch us crying during worship at church, but the intimacy with Christ and God's realness are something we wouldn't trade for anything."
We are so thankful that we were able to share Gabe's life with so many people. It's awesome to be able to talk about how God has seen you through the most difficult thing you've ever had to endure. We hope our story has blessed you in some way. Thanks, Meg