250) A Fairy Tale Come True

By John Stonestreet, at http://www.breakpoint.org , December 11, 2013

    True stories are always full of both ugliness and beauty, and this one is no different.  A married woman is sexually assaulted in California and becomes pregnant.  Compounding her pain, her husband gives her an ultimatum:  Abort this baby, or I’ll divorce you.  That’s the ugly part.  The woman, however, courageously decides that the child growing inside her is not the ugly part of her story, and gives birth.  That, and what follows, is beautiful!

     She moved to Alabama, and was put in touch with a Christian adoption agency called Lifeline Children’s Services.  Peggy Dutton and her husband were on the board of Lifeline.  They got to know this courageous woman and agreed to give her child a loving home.  Two days after Molly’s birth, they adopted her.

     Molly grew up and lived an average suburban life, and now attends Auburn University as a horticulture student.

     Almost no one there knew her story– until friends urged her to run for homecoming queen.  For her platform issue, Molly chose to talk about alternatives for women facing crisis pregnancies.  She told her story which spread like wildfire.  Soon, Molly was all over TV and the Web winsomely sharing her positive message about life.

     “It’s already been a huge response,” she said.  “It shows how much the public wants to receive life.  It has been viral.”  And not only that– Molly Anne Dutton was named Auburn’s homecoming queen!

     Amazing!  From what some people would call a disposable “blob of tissue,” to homecoming queen.  All because of the selflessness of a mother.  And you thought fairytales at Auburn only came true on the football field!

     Molly Anne Dutton

     Folks, Molly Anne Dutton’s story reminds us that we don’t have to choose between biblical truth and compelling stories.  It’s not all about facts and figures.  We must touch people’s hearts as well as their heads.  And true truth always does that, because the ultimate Truth of the world was embodied personally in Jesus Christ.

     Here’s another true fairytale, told by Jerry Root and Stan Guthrie in their outstanding book, The Sacrament of Evangelism.  “A woman named Virginia and her husband,” they write, “were expecting their first child.  Doctors, however, said the kidneys of the unborn baby were pocked with cysts.  They said the child could not possibly live more than a few hours and advised them to abort.”

     Virginia was heartbroken, but she had no intention of ending the baby’s life.  She told the doctor, “I do not know why God chose me to be the mother of this child, but since He did, I will give birth to this child and I will love it with mother-love the best I can for as long as it lives.”

     When the baby was born, Virginia rocked, nursed, and sang to her baby until the child died.  Jerry and Stan note, “There are no scales to measure such love and courage.”

     Years later, another woman told Jerry about her pregnant daughter:  Doctors told her that the baby inside her would also die within hours after birth and advised an abortion.

     So Jerry put her in touch with Virginia, who spoke with the daughter by phone every week.  “Taking courage from Virginia’s example,” Jerry and Stan write, “the daughter chose to give mother-love to her child for as long as that child should live.”  Beautiful, right?  But here’s the kicker:  “After the baby was born, the doctors discovered that they had made a misdiagnosis.  The baby was fine.”

     It’s in these stories of people like Molly and Virginia, and the gracious God they serve, that our neighbors will not only learn about the goodness of God; they’ll be able to see it.


Luke 1:38  —  And Mary said (after the angel’s announcement of her unplanned pregnancy), “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.”  And the angel departed from her.

Psalm 139:13-16  —  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 22:10  —  From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

Isaiah 44:24a  —  This is what the Lord says– your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:  “I am the Lord, the Maker of all things…”


O Lord, I am yours.  Do what seems good in your sight, and give me complete resignation to your will.   –David Livingstone