As a new parent, I feel I am surrounded by a myriad of potentially life-altering decisions almost every day. When my son was two months old, I was faced with the decision about whether or not to vaccinate on the strict
I found myself fretting over the decision. Worrying day and night about what was the right thing to do. Do I vaccinate and protect my baby from a handful of diseases, many of which are almost extinct? Do I not vaccinate and forever worry about his coming into contact with a potentially deadly disease? My husband, my mother, my best friend, and pretty much anyone who would listen can all attest to the range of emotions that I struggled with. What I finally did was pray.
I put my trust in the Lord and prayed that he would protect my son and enable him to “dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” Since those early prayers I feel that God led me to the decision to vaccinate on a delayed schedule. Our son has received all his vaccinations, but he receives one per month, instead of four at a time every few months. Our pediatrician was not thrilled about the additional office visits and paperwork, but I persevered because I knew in my heart that it was the right thing to do.
Now I sleep much better at night knowing that my son is protected and that we are all enjoying great peace. Amen.
- Miriam Turner