My granddaughter Sullivan (who was adopted) constantly asked her parents over the years, “Why can’t I have a baby brother or sister?” She never stopped asking, but the answer was always, “Mommy can’t get pregnant.” In Sullivan’s childlike mind, it made no sense. Everyone else’s mom was having a baby, so why not hers?
As many of you know, as a woman’s age increases, her chances of fertility diminish with each passing day. So those women who struggle with infertility at an early age, have little hope of carrying a child at a later age. Sullivan started praying to God, “Please give me a baby brother or sister.” In her childlike mind, I’m sure she was thinking, “Nothing is too hard for God.” She clearly did not understand the hopelessness of 16 years of infertility. But at times she asked, “Why does God not answer my prayers?”
Jesus says in Matthew 18:3 (NIV):
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
What is so unique about the faith of a child that He is talking about? What is it that we’ve lost as we’ve become adults? Maybe it’s the ability to believe God and take Him at His Word. When He says something, you can trust Him. Maybe it’s believing He is all-powerful and can do anything. Maybe it’s believing in the power of prayer and not ceasing to ask for something you really want—even when discouraged. Maybe it’s the humility of bowing before Him. Maybe it’s the perpetual joy, hope, wonder, awe, and childlike playfulness. Maybe it’s the inquisitive mind that constantly desires to learn and grow. Or maybe it’s the innocent, honest, heartfelt request that has no ulterior motive. Whatever it may be, reminds us of our wonderful, loving, sweet, divine Savior!
On December 4th, 2021, Sullivan’s prayers were answered. Her mother gave birth to a healthy baby boy after three miracles: his conception, carrying him full term despite complications, and delivering him by cesarean surgery after a difficult labor. Although Sydney’s surgery turned into multiple surgeries and a blood transfusion, he is our Christmas miracle! What many said could never happen has happened. It was simply a God thing!
Meet Dawson Joshua Brant!
May we each experience the faith of a child this Christmas. As we celebrate this Christmas season, may we focus our heart and mind on that miracle baby in the manger—God’s son sent to save the world who would one day pay for our sins on a cross that we might have eternal life. He is our only hope even as the world appears to be spinning out of control.
What is it that keeps us from having a childlike faith? What is it that each of us needs to see through the innocent eyes, heart, and faith of a child? For me, it’s believing that God is still in control through all the political turmoil and this pandemic. And that He continues to use miracles, great and small, for our eternal good. Click here to view my previous blog post on Dawson’s birth, “When Suffering Becomes Thanksgiving.”
Wishing you and your family the merriest of Christmases as we celebrate the birth of the SAVIOR born to save the world!
For Your Health,
Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Brant’s award-winning book, Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was endorsed by Chuck Colson and featured in many TV and media interviews. Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer was released in May 2020 after her journey with cancer and was recently awarded the First Place Golden Scrolls Award for Memoirs, and Second Place in both Selah Awards for Memoirs and Director’s Choice Award for Nonfiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. It recently received the Christian Authors Network’s (CAN) Gold Award for Excellence in Marketing for reaching 62.5 million people with a message of cancer prevention and survival. It was written with commentary from an oncologist and was featured on CBN’s Healthy Living Show, Atlanta Live, and CTN’s Homekeepers along with over 75 media outlets. Learn more and cancer and wellness prevention blog and book information at www.ginnybrant.com.