Yep, I admit it, I watch One Born Every Minute. Honestly, as a guy a few weeks away from becoming a Dad, it’s been more educational on labour than every article, magazine, antenatal class and book I’ve taken on board put together.
And I cry every week at the newborns’ first scream for their Mum.
No, no, I’m fine with that.
But last week what made me cry was a bit different.
One expectant Dad had been in and out of prison as a teenager but now, as a 20 year-old, had stayed out for a while, primarily because of his love for his girlfriend and his desire to be there for his new child.
And, obviously, the girl was in a bit of discomfort during labour. The midwife encouraged her by saying that the midwife, this guy, and the girl’s mum would each take a bit of the pain on her behalf if they could take any away from her. And this young man’s knee-jerk sincere response was:
I’d take the most pain.
Something inside him just knew that he’d be willing, no, desperate to sacrifice himself if he knew he could bring comfort to this girl he loves. What a man.
And what a reminder of the inspiration that led Jesus to make that ultimate sacrifice to bring us everlasting peace and joy!