I am a Christian writer and speaker. I have authored or co-authored several books and my work has also appeared in numerous publications; magazines, anthologies,and devotionals including, Focus on the Family, The Upper Room, The Secret Place, David C Cook Company, Lifeway, Celebrate Life, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many others. Visit my website at http://harrietemichael.com
My physician / writer father wrote a story once about the
birth of Jesus from a physician’s point of view. He said he had been thinking
about the Christmas story and realized the birth of Jesus was miraculous in so
many ways besides just the virgin status of his mother. From a medical point of
view so many things could have gone wrong with a birth of a newborn in a dirty
stable, at that time in history to a teenage, virgin mother. This realization prompted
him to write a story which he set in a play or skit format.
His story opened with
a panel of doctors from across the ages sitting at a large celestial conference
table discussing God’s plan for the birth of Jesus.
The 18th century physician who pioneered the need
for basic antisepsis such as hand washing, Dr Semmelwies, voiced objections to
the plan. “I have grave concerns about the location of the birth. A
stable?Why a stable?! It is such a
Dr. Lister who further developed antiseptic practices agreed
whole heartedly with his fellow panelist.
Dr. Casselman, the inventor of forceps, also had
reservations. “The mother is so young and at that time in history, I had not
invented forceps yet. A teenage pregnancy is wrought with potential problems,
the narrow size of her not-yet-fully-developed hips, to name one. I feel there are risks in both the maternal age and the timing in history of the planned
21st century Obstetrician, Dr. Edwards chimed in
pointing out the poor nutritional status of most people at that time in
history. “It’s not like they could purchase prenatal vitamins from their local
grocery store! And there are no hospitals with neonatal intensive care units in
case the baby has problems.”
And so it was agreed. The panel solemnly decided they would
have to give a negative opinion of the planned birth. They could not in good
conscious do otherwise.
another physician entered the room and began to speak. This man had a long beard, long hair, and wore a tunic that came to just above his sandle-clad feet. “Gentlemen,” he said. "I am Dr. Luke. And I am here to report that the
birth has occurred just as planned. Mother and child are both well and I've recorded it all in my charts.”