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How God Selects The Mother of A Child With Diabetes



HOW GOD SELECTS THE MOTHER OF A CHILD WITH DIABETES
by Erma Bombeck

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. Did you ever wonder how mothers of children with diabetes are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting His instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As God observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

“Armstrong, Beth, a son. Patron Saint Matthew.”
“Forrest, Marjorie, a daughter. Patron Saint Cecilia.”
“Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron Saint Gerard. He’s used to profanity.”

Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles, “Give her a child with diabetes.”

The angel is curious. “Why this one, God? She’s so happy.”

“Exactly”, smiles God. “Could I give child with diabetes to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel.”

“But has she the patience?” asks the angel.

“I don’t want her to have too much patience, or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wear off, she’ll handle it. I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I am going to give her has his own world. She has to make him live in her world. That will be easy. She has just enough selfishness.”

The angel gasps. “Selfishness? Is that a virtue?”

God nods. “If she cannot separate herself from the child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with less than perfect.”

“She does not realize it yet, but she is to be envied. I will permit her to see clearly the things I see …. ignorance, cruelty, prejudice … and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side.”

"And what about her patron saint?” asks the angel,his pen poised in mid air. God smiles.

“A mirror will suffice.”


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3 comments:

Sarah said...

I love this and have seen it before. I noticed that you are in Alabama like myself. S was dx at age 2 and is 5 now, so if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask! Did you guys receive the JDRF Bag of Hope? Take care!
Sarah, MoD (Mother of Diabetic)
@MoD4acure

Wendy said...

I'm Wendy...my oldest daughter was dx with T1 in 2005, at the age of 24 months and celiac in 2008, at the age of 5 years. Welcome to the DOC...you will never be alone on the road ahead.

Wendy said...

I'm Wendy...my oldest daughter was dx with T1 in 2005, at the age of 24 months and celiac in 2008, at the age of 5 years. Welcome to the DOC...you will never be alone on the road ahead.