Psalm 80; Jer. 7: 1-15; Rom. 4: 1-12; John 7: 14-36
In March of 1951, I was expecting my first baby. During that Lenten season my mother and I went to the Lenten service every Wednesday at 10 AM at our church, St. David’s Episcopal Church in North Hollywood. I believe we were both praying for me to have a normal healthy baby. This was the first grandchild. My mother had short deliveries with her two babies, so she convinced me that it would be that way for me. Not so! March 20, in the morning, I was in labor in the hospital. I had been told the baby was breach, but it would not be a problem.
All that day and into the night, I was in labor. The doctor finally came out to my husband and told him I had literally “shut down.” I don’t know if I had been overly medicated, or what caused this problem. The doctor said it was too late to perform a “c-section” to save the baby, but he could save me. Time continued to go on and on as my husband and my mother waited to hear any news. As it got closer to Wednesday 10 AM, my mother decided to go to the Lenten service she and I had been attending. She had originally thought that she would be going to that service to thank God for our new baby, but instead she was on her knees praying for a MIRACLE!
After the service, my mother was informed that at 10 AM the baby started to turn. And at 10:22AM I had a normal, healthy baby. My mother and I had always believed in miracles. It was confirmed to us that day!
Janet Van Putten
In 1997 we moved to our second home permanently, and we became members of St. Margaret’s Church. Prior to that, during our visits to Palm Desert, we would attend this church. I am manager of Maggie’s Corner Gift Shop, and have worked in outreach ministries such as FIND, Kairos Prison Ministry (9 years), and formerly, the Cellar Door. I am also a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King.