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A 2009 Christmas eve miracle

Was a Christmas eve miracle a sign of an ancient promise?

Was a Christmas eve miracle a sign of an ancient promise?

On December 24, 2009, Tracy Hermanstorfer, 33, along with her husband Mike, 37, entered Colorado Springs Memorial hospital for the birth of their second child. They also had a son from Tracy’s previous marriage.

While being prepped for child-birth, Tracy said she was sleepy and moments later as her shocked husband held her hand, Tracy died.

She had a heart attack. The hospital medical team immediately tried to revive Tracy but nothing was working. Her heart stopped beating. She wasn’t breathing. There was no blood pressure, no signs of life. 

When they couldn’t revive Tracy, the doctors told Mike they needed to immediately rescue the baby.

In an interview with Fox News, Mike said the doctors told him, “We’re going to take your son out now. We have been unable to revive her [Tracy] and we’re going to take your son out.”

They rushed Tracy for a Cesarean and delivered a baby boy showing minimal signs of life. With Mike holding the lifeless body of their son, the doctors immediately went to work successfully reviving Coltyn.

Then suddenly without any explanation, Tracy came back to life. Her heart started beating and she was breathing on her own.

“I had everything in the world taken from me, and in an hour and a half I had everything given to me,” Mike said.

The doctors have no explanation on why Tracy died and why she revived, but Mike does.

He called it the “Hand of God:”

“We are both believers … but this right here, even a non-believer — you explain to me how this happened. There is no other explanation.”

God saves through childbirth?

In 1 Timothy, the Apostle Paul makes a strange statement:

But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint. (1 Timothy 2:15 NASV)

What does this verse mean?

The Greek word for preserved “sozo”  has multiple meanings. It refers to rescue “from natural dangers and afflictions,” but it is also used for spiritual salvation — rescue from eternal death.

Many believe it refers to the promise made in the Garden of Eden, that the Deliverer Who would stamp on the head of the serpent would come from the seed of the woman — a reference to Jesus’ birth (Genesis 3:15).

But is this also a promise of women being saved in the act of giving birth?

Prior to the 20th century,  researchers estimate one woman died in every 100 live child births. It was part of the curse on women for her part in the sin in the Garden of Eden:

I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, (Genesis 3:16 NASV)

Greatly increased pain suggests prior to sin entering the world, pain was still part of the birthing process.

It makes me wonder if in a world unaffected by sin and I suspect disease, a baby could be born earlier without any danger. But after sin, babies needed to stay longer in the womb, to give them a fighting chance.

But like many of the promises of God, they are conditional. Jesus died for all the sins of the world, but is everyone saved? There is healing in the cross, but is everyone healed? The answer is no.

As Christians, we are responsible to implement these Heavenly promises on earth.

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven. (Mathew 6: 10 NASV)

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