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For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3


Babies arrive at their own schedule. I learned that when our firstborn (Jennifer) came. Elizabeth had gone into labor and I drove us to the hospital. Dr. Matheson met us and sent my "great with child" bride to some other room. (Dads were not allowed in the delivery room back then). The doctor then told me "…go home and get some rest. This is Elizabeth’s first delivery, and it’s going to be an "all-nighter"; there’s no reason to hang around, come back in the morning." I followed the doc’s instructions; bad mistake. I no sooner got into bed than the phone rang. "Hi, Dad…congratulations, you got a baby girl."


Believe it or not, the same thing happened with our second child, Jason. A dozen false labors convinced Dr. Matheson to induce Elizabeth. He did, and told me it had never been less than 10 hours until delivery under these conditions…go home and get some rest. Thirty seconds in bed was all I had before the phone rang; "Hi, Dad!" It came as no surprise when Elizabeth started labor with Carrie 7 years later that Elizabeth had me in leg irons and handcuffs, chained to her side when they rolled her into delivery! It took three tries, but I finally was ready. It won’t be so in the rapture. When He comes it will be sudden - no warning. No one will get a second chance.

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