A Baby Before Christmas

Sarah’s doctor says that our granddaughter is small but stable. Sarah and Jeremy are headed to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for more tests this Thursday. Their doctor here says they should be prepared to stay, and in either case they will have a baby before Christmas – born at CHOP, with the possibility of needing heart surgery.

It is a little difficult to know exactly what Christmas will look like this year. That’s okay. What matters is that the baby remains number one priority. I suppose that isn’t a bad mantra for any Christmas – the baby is number one!

In other news, Matthew did a great job in his part of Christmas celebration – he was in the kid’s choir at Calvary yesterday morning (green shirt, far left). He continues to make progress in just about every area. CHOP did a great job of sharing the story of Matthew’s neurosurgery and the outcome. It is posted on their neurology website.

Finally, Joan and I celebrate that it was 40 years ago today that we went on our first date. It was a Sunday afternoon performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. (And have you noticed that Philadelphia seems to be a big part of our lives?)

5 thoughts on “A Baby Before Christmas

  1. Praying for you all and especially the new born baby, that the Dr’s will be confounded and amazed by what God will do.


  2. Love and continued prayers, as we are expectantly awaiting another baby Denlinger!! Christmas seems to be a wonderful time to wait expectantly for a newborn child🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
    (And I think the hallelujah chorus fits in perfectly here, also!!)💖


  3. Just said a prayer for you all that God will provide physical, emotional, and spiritual stamina and refreshment and meet your financial needs just as each day requires.


  4. I read the article about Matthew and looked at before and after pictures. Wow! what a difference in his demeanor which shows in the last picture of the article. Praise God for all of Matthew’s progress since the surgery.

    And praying for your granddaughter too. That God would do a miracle for her too!

    Margaret Bechtel


  5. What a great news article on Matthew!! Praise God for working in his life and using CHOP to do so!
    I was so thrilled to be able to see and hear Matthew sing in person on Sunday – an answer to prayer on several levels. 😉
    And the promise of a baby at Cmas? What a perfect reminder of the best “forever” promise – EMMANUEL, God with us! ❤️


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