by Joey Davis
Brett was absolutely beaming! Although Brett is cheerful and friendly, Sunday morning was different. After exchanging pleasantries for a moment, in a volcanic eruption of joy, he shared with me that he and Karen are expecting a child.
I was thrilled. However; have you ever I asked a question that you wish you could take back? I did. My question? Well, knowing that the Fulfords have been trying to have a child for quite some time (4 1/2 years), and recognizing that they had pretty much exhausted the medical avenues that could bring this to pass, I asked a really stupid question: "life, when did this happen?"
Now, the Bible is filled with conception stories. Most prominent are Cain (Gen 4), Isaac ( Genesis 21), Samuel ( 1 Samuel 1:20), John the Baptist ( Luke 1), and most importantly, Jesus ( Luke 1). However, I'm not an inspired writer, this is not the Bible, and the answer to that question is absolutely none of my business. Brett let me off the hook after I shared my embarrassment.
However, conception stories are interesting. I recently found out that Garth Brooks named his children after the towns where they were conceived. I'm sure my kids are glad that we didn't do that because "Possum Trot" is a dumb name.
Recently I heard a conception story that I would love to share. A young woman finally got. up the nerve to ask her parents. where she was conceived. She was sure the question would embarrass them, but her curiosity got the best' 'of her. However, in response to her question" her mother answered her without hesitation, "at Los Brazos de Dios."
Los Brazos de Dios is the name of a river that dissects this woman's hometown in Texas. In her mind, she conjured up the image of two young lovers swimming the river and becoming overwhelmed with passion and, in seclusion creating a child as the fruit of their love. Her head became filled with ideas of romance and two people who were hopelessly in love.
When she shared this image with her mother, she was corrected. She was not conceived at the river. You see, Los Brazos de Dios translated from Spanish means, "In the Arms of God. "
Every child, no matter who their parents may be or where their hometowns are located, is conceived at Los Brazos de Dios, in the arms of God.
So Brett and Karen, if anyone ever asks you a question of this nature again, you know the answer: Los Brazos de Dios. From God's arms to yours. . . may you find Joy in this precious gift.
March 30, 1997
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