The decision to have a third child was a difficult one for me. A self-professed work-a-holic, I was content with our two daughters, ages 7 and 4, and the family life we enjoyed. My husband, however, had a vision of a larger family. Like with most challenges, I decided to give it to God. If He wanted us to have another child, so be it.
Much to my surprise, God not only wanted us to have one child, He decided to gift us with TWO. As I sat in the parking lot after my first doctor appointment overwhelmed with the concept of twins, tears flowed freely in awe and fear of the road He had placed before me. I wondered if in some small way I was feeling what a young Mary experienced in the wake of the visit by the Archangel Gabriel. How would I get through the next seven months of worry for not just one, but two little beings dependent on me for existence?
The answer was prayer. One of the first gifts we received from a good friend and her mother was a promise of continuous prayer. The pregnancy that followed was by no means routine, with unexplained rashes, bleeding, umbilical issues, the death of our beloved pet, early contractions, and eventual bed rest. Through it all I was sustained by the presence of God we experience through prayer. Every time the anxiety threated to be too much, I would hastily recite three Hail Marys one for each baby and the last for myself. This practice reminded me that I was never alone in my worry, there were others pulling for me and with me every step of my journey. Prayer gave me the faith to realize that, “This too shall pass.”
Through the gift of prayer; my own, that of others, and the experience of Reiki I was able to carry my twins to 38 weeks. This is a rare occurrence with a multiple pregnancy. In a very real way, the experience of my past year has demonstrated the incredible role prayer can play in our lives and in our world. As I gaze at the two little faces of my healthy twin gifts, I invite you to pause and raise a few words heavenward the next time you or a friend are in an unexpected or unwanted situation. It can make all the difference.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11: 9-10