There Is No Greater Love Than This


There are times we come across stories in life and we know we have just been confronted with a facet of the Divine nature of God. This time, we get to witness the sacrificial love of single mum, Stacie Crimm, who refused chemotherapy and essentially chose to die in order for her unborn baby to live.

Already past age 40, Stacie had been told to forget about having children so it was to her great surprise that she found out she had become pregnant. Obviously ecstatic and all, Stacie’s joy was unfortunately cut short by a bout of severe headaches and tunnel vision that was later diagnosed as head and neck cancer.

She was then faced with the most difficult choice of either getting treated via chemotherapy, or giving her unborn baby the chance to live by forfeiting cancer treatment to her ultimate expense. Her brother says it was a no-brainer for Stacie. She was going to lay down her life for her child and her decision was not negotiable.

Five months into her pregnancy, an emergency Caesarean was performed on Stacie and her baby was born about 10 weeks premature. She got to hold her briefly before falling into a coma and eventually dying. Something about this touching story resonated with my heart. I was reminded of God’s love for His children as depicted in Isaiah 66:13, ‘As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you’. If Stacie Crimm could love her unborn baby in such a motherly way, then imagine what the reality of God’s love for us would actually be. We often refer to Him as our Father but God also loves us with a motherly love. We cannot limit His love by gender specifications.

The sacrificial nature of Stacie’s love for her unborn baby whom she had never met also reminded me of Christ’s sacrificial love for me 2000 years before I was even a thought. Truly, Jesus Himself summarises it all in John 15:13, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’.

I have included a video clip which is an interview excerpt from a TV programme. I was truly challenged by Stacie and her love. Her sacrificial death is an inspiration to us all.

 

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4 Responses to There Is No Greater Love Than This

  1. Beautiful picture of the love God has for us. Made me cry. Thanks for sharing this, Watchmman.
    My own selfishness has been coming up so much lately. I was reading the story of Jonathan and David (in 1 Samuel 18-20) and noticed how little most of my relationships resemble theirs. Jonathan loved David as himself. They became “one in spirit”. The KJV says that their souls were knit together. Jonathan was willing to be cut off from his father in order to stay loyal to and help David. Then, I was reading in Romans 9: Paul said he loved his fellow Jews so much that he would willingly cut himself off from Christ if they could be united with Him! THIS is the love Jesus had and has for us. THIS is the love we are to love others with – His perfect, sacrificial love. (Matt. 5:43-47, Lk. 10:27, John 15:9-13)

    • Watchman says:

      The video clip certainly touched me and the Holy Spirit convicted me in certain areas where selfishness was prevalent. The love between David and Jonathan was an example of how much one can give of themselves in the context of a great friendship even of the same sex. They were willing to go the extra mile for one another even if it meant less than ideal consequences. Such selfless loves is becoming increasingly hard to find in this day and age. But with God nothing shall be impossible wp! He will mould us into His Son’s image as we gaze at Him.

  2. Yes! Nothing is impossible with God. Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus!

  3. Pingback: A Father’s Love | The Watchman – Illuminating lives through the light of His Word

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