And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?
And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? English Standard Version How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Berean Study Bible How then can they call on the One in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? Berean Literal Bible How then shall they call on Him whom they have not believed?
And how shall they believe on Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear apart from preaching? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
King James Bible How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? Christian Standard Bible How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? Contemporary English Version How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him?
And how can they hear, unless someone tells them? Good News Translation But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? International Standard Version How, then, can people call on someone they have not believed? And how can they believe in someone they have not heard about?
And how can they hear without someone preaching? NET Bible How are they to call on one they have not believed in? And how are they to believe in one they have not heard of?
And how are they to hear without someone preaching to them? New Heart English Bible How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?
How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without someone preaching? Aramaic Bible in Plain English Therefore, how would they call to This One unless they believed in him, or how would they believe him unless they heard him, or how would they hear without a preacher?
How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? Almost exactly two years ago I was posting on our caringbridge site, documenting each stage of our terminally ill month old son's death from liver cancer. On a date I'll never forget, November 11, , we made the decision to leave the hospital and go home with hospice - Vincent's feeding tube was removed and he was given a running cocktail of morphine and other drugs to ease the pain from his tumors.
Then we waited. Although he had been given approximately 48 hours to live, Vincent tenaciously hung on to life for another 11 days as family flew in from out of town, forming a bedside vigil of sorts, taking turns watching him every minute of the day and night. Each morning Theo would bound into our bedroom, the site of everything hospice-related, asking "Is Vincent still here?
We would hold him, sing to him, pray with him, and release him to Jesus. Every night we'd emotionally prepare ourselves for his death. When it didn't come, we'd brace ourselves for another day of waiting, relieved that he was still here with us, wishing it wasn't the end. Fast forward two years. Again we're waiting.
Thanks God bless you for sharing such a sensitive subject as this. He gave me a hunger for the Bible. It helped me move forward. You want to get a good feel for what it's saying. Every church of every size must evaluate each one of these three variables in order to remain healthy in the present and plan for the future.
But this time we're waiting for a new life to be born. And of course, this sort of waiting is infinitely easier than the other kind. It's infinitely less sad. But as our November 11 due date has come and gone and as Vincent's anniversary of passing looms closer, I'm again finding myself in limbo, anticipating an irreversible event to take place that I cannot control. What am I waiting for?
I'm waiting for this new child to be born, to see his little face, touch the hands and feet that have been squirming inside of me for so long. I'm waiting to observe the 2nd year anniversary of Vincent's passing, waiting to remember that awful and wonderful day when he was finally happy. I'm waiting for the day that our family will be whole again, for the day I'll be with all my children, for the day I'll be able to hold a healthy Vincent in my arms.
I'm waiting. Waiting isn't always bad. But it is hard. OK, here goes the post that's been the most difficult for me to write. You may wonder why, after documenting our precious boy's losing fight against cancer, or venting over precious memories stolen, or struggling with issues related to loss, grief and faith, this post in particular would prove tricky to articulate. Well, here it is. We're pregnant. With another boy.
If you're good at math you'll quickly realize that I'm already 35 weeks pregnant. And this is the first time I'm publicly announcing it online. These days my body is doing all the talking for me no hiding the belly now! Why has this been so hard? Perhaps it's because I've been giving bad news for so long I'm afraid to voice good news - subconsciously worried that I'll have to change my tune later. Or perhaps it's simply because I'm in denial. Denial that I'm giving birth to another son within days of the last one's anniversary of passing. Perhaps it's because I'm so happy I don't know what to say.
Or feeling confused. Or all of the above. Suffice it to say we're glad. Looking forward to this little guy's birth.
He's already planning where the little guy is going to sit in the car, what we're going to do when we have our next baby, and what to call both of them. What can I say, he's a forward-thinking planner! We've had our moments. Theo has done a fair share of crying over the past few months. At the very beginning of this pregnancy he voiced his sadness over not getting to keep Vincent, saying he wanted Vincent to come back instead of this new baby. A few months ago he began praying that this baby would "stay" and "not go to heaven for a long, long time. But confusing or not, I desperately want this to work, to last.
And because of that it's hard to celebrate what already is.
After founding one of the fastest-growing churches in the country and travelling to four continents to meet with exceptional leaders, Gregory Schroeder began a. by Theodore Wright. After a few years attending the Church of God, I got married in and became a minister with that denomination.
That there is new life here, in this family. That God has blessed us with another child. That Theo and Vincent have, indeed, another brother. Several weeks ago something clicked in my brain and I began preparing ourselves for this little guy's birth - getting clothes from friends, readying a crib, making a few badly needed purchases. All of Vincent's things were either given away or made into memory blankets. His car seat is long gone, sent to the trash carrying irremovable toxic chemo substances. Initially we were hoping for a girl - me so that I could feel better about having to buy baby things yet again, Dan so that he could have some mental separation between what happened to our last child and what could happen to this one.
But now we're glad. It's another boy.