Peggy & Jonathan Barnes
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Posted on Sun, Mar 16, 2008
written by Mrs. Rachel Edwards
A MOTHER’S MIRACLE
Peggy Barnes was told that her unborn child would have no arms, legs, or normal brain function and that she would have to have an abortion. Peggy already had three other children, ages 6, 11, and 13. Ronnie, her oldest son, was a Down’s syndrome child who would climb on top of the house or move the furniture out of the house.
Before knowing she was pregnant again, Peggy underwent a tubal ligation and hernia surgery. At the exact time of the surgeries, her unborn child’s brain cells were forming.
"It’s all in your mind.”
One night, when Peggy lay down, she felt the sensation of a baby doing a double somersault in her stomach! She tried to tell her husband, but he said. “It’s all in your mind.”
On Monday morning, she visited the doctor. “I felt anxious,” Peggy said. “I hadn’t slept all weekend.” The doctor used a stethoscope, which could be heard throughout the room, on her stomach. “The baby’s heartbeat sounded like a big bass drum,” she recalled.
Afterwards, Peggy entered the doctor’s office and saw him sitting there with his head down. “You cannot have this baby,” he said. “Your baby will be born mentally retarded, and because
X rays from surgery destroy cells and body tissue; he will be born without arms and legs. You are already past a legal abortion. You will have to have an illegal one, and I will do it,” he stated. “I want to see you and your husband tonight at 6:00.”
Later that day, the doctor explained why an abortion was necessary. “I will perform the abortion,” the doctor said, “but if you decide to go through with this pregnancy, I will deliver the baby free of charge.”
“I had one week to make up my mind,” said Peggy. “I prayed, and I fasted.”
“I had a war going on inside me.”
The next morning Peggy packed her suitcase for the hospital. “That was my natural mind,” she said, “but my spiritual mind kept saying, ‘You can’t do this.’ I had a war going on inside me,” she explained.
The day before the abortion, Peggy was too upset to attend church. No one there knew. As she watched TV, a former abortion nurse explained, the details of an abortion procedure.
“I sat there, and I cried as I watched those terrible pictures of newborns that never had a chance to live,” Peggy recalled.
In a few minutes Peggy’s doorbell rang. When she went to open the door, she found her pastor standing there. He said, “Peggy, God said to come to your house today.”
“I told him my story,” Peggy recalled, “and he realized what I had been through.”
He asked, “What are you going to do?”
She replied, “The Bible says ‘Out of the mouth of two witnesses, He will fulfill His Word.’” Peggy had considered the television show the first witness, and the pastor’s visit, the second.
The pastor said, “You can’t do this.”
“Can you live with the consequences”?
The next morning Peggy cancelled the abortion. The doctor questioned, “Do you realize what you’re doing? Can you live with the consequences”?
Peggy explained, “God has given me the grace to take care of one handicapped child, and if he is born, He will give me the grace to take care of another.”
In a few days a specialist at Georgetown University performed an amniocentesis and ultrasound on Peggy and said, “Do you realize this baby is meant to be born?” The baby, high up against her diaphragm, had avoided all the areas affected by her recent surgeries; thus, he would not be a Down’s syndrome child. Peggy then chose Jonathan, meaning “God given,” to name her son.
On August 5, 1975, at 5:00 P.M., Peggy was admitted to Fairfax Hospital. The nurse told Peggy, “The baby has not dropped. I want you to get up on your bed and jump up and down.” After a couple of hours, the baby dropped. Peggy went into hard labor at 7:00 P.M.
Finally, the baby began to emerge. The doctor said, “Mrs. Barnes, he has two arms and two legs. He weighs 7 pounds 15 ounces, and it’s a boy.” The time of birth was August 6, 1975, at 1:10 A.M. The baby was normal.
God’s word in Philippians 4:13 guided Peggy through her decision. She recalls it clearly: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” She also found strength in Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
“Through it all,” proclaims Peggy, “I’ve learned to trust in God and depend on His Word.” Jonathan Barnes will reach his 33rd birthday on August 6, 2008, and he is the “picture of health.”
Rachel W. Edwards
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