A Will – and a Way


Ordinary Miracles

(Nancy Davidson is a regular reader from South Dakota. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few months back when she drove out to Denver to join us at a prayer meeting. Today, she tell a family story of amazing reconciliation and solidarity -CJ)

By Nancy Davidson

In just a few days, our family will be celebrating the Baptism of my great grandson, William. What a journey it has been ! This day would never have come but for God’s graciousness in hearing the cry of those who put all their trust in Him. God’s love is, for us, all wrapped up in this beautiful package we affectionately call Little Will.

Will’s biological mother, my adopted granddaughter, Beth, was at the time of his conception homeless and living on the street. She has suffered from mental illnesses since childhood, and although all possible means of helping her to achieve the education and skills necessary for living independently had been employed, at age eighteen she ran off to be on her own. Her mental illness was greatly exacerbated by this move, and she eventually ran out of options for housing in any shelter or facility. She refused to come home.

Over a year ago, she became pregnant.  She was happy about it, and she fantasized that she would be the perfect mother, that she and her child would live happily ever after (on the street). When my daughter, AnneMarie, learned of the pregnancy, she tried to enlist the aid of the “system” to help Beth, but little by little it became obvious that there was no solution to be found. The child was truly in danger of being born into a very precarious situation, full of possibilities for serious harm. What to do? She prayed intensely for God’s guidance and help, and was faithfully vigilant in keeping Beth as healthy and safe as she could under the circumstances.

When the time drew near for the birth, AnneMarie made a plan to ensure the safety of her grandchild. She obviously needed to take custody of him immediately, since he would be in imminent danger if the system allowed Beth to take him “home” from the hospital. Some of the incidents that had happened during Beth’s years of treatment included criminally abusive and violently destructive behavior, sometimes involving younger children. No, the risk of allowing her to take the baby from the hospital was very grave indeed. So the plan to gain custody of him began with trying to persuade her, by pointing out the obvious difficulties of someone in her circumstances being able to care for an infant, and helping her to reach her own conclusion that she simply was not able to be a good parent at that time.  Through this process, accompanied by the faithful prayers of many, mother and daughter experienced a certain level of healing. Beth, who up until then had been entirely rejecting her mom, who had been under the delusion that her mom was somehow her enemy, began to listen to her and trust her with a childlike trust. That in itself was a miracle!

So Little Will arrived safely into the world, the papers were signed and everything put in order, and AnneMarie was able to take him home. The tension and exhaustion of the past several months, the frustration and uncertainty, and the hoping against hope was soon replaced by a tremendous sense of relief, joy, gratitude and wonder at the goodness and compassion of God.

But that’s only half the story! Enter Holly and Jerry. Holly is the daughter of my dearest friend in the world. She had undergone several surgeries to correct the destructive effects of years of painful endometriosis, with the hope that she would then be able to become pregnant. During the fifth and final surgery, she nearly lost her life, but once again God heard our pleadings and granted our petitions. Now she and Jerry decided that they would try to adopt a child. They were in the beginning stages of that process at the same time that AnneMarie was in the process of trying to save her grandchild. It so happened that, one day when AnneMarie and I were visiting my friend Kris, Holly and Jerry’s struggles in trying to conceive and the devastation they were experiencing came up in our conversation. Kris mentioned their intention to adopt a child, and AnneMarie stated at the time that she had someone in mind who might want to adopt Will. There the matter was left.

Shortly before the baby was due, AnneMarie called me, asking if I thought Holly and Jerry were actually serious about adopting. I replied that yes, I knew they were actively pursuing adoption, and also that they were very discouraged by the long, arduous and incredibly expensive journey ahead of them. Even more frustrating was the fact that they had been told that, if the outcome was successful, they would not get an infant – they would get an older child and he or she would have some sort of disability. They were at that moment reconsidering the adoption option. AnneMarie wanted to talk to them. Unbeknownst to me, she was looking for just such a couple who might be interested in adopting Will. What happened next was a whirlwind of miracles intermixed with all kinds of fearful complexities which required great fortitude and perseverance in faith, hope and most especially trust. You know that Scripture that tells us that “God works everything together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”?  Well, it’s absolutely true.

Within days after his birth, Little Will was in the arms of his future parents, and it was one of the most precious, astonishingly beautiful glimpses into the heart of God I have ever witnessed. God created Will not only for His glory, but certainly for our joy. From the first moment of his existence, Will was destined to bring joy into our lives. Who but God could have brought it about that my great grandson would also become my dearest friend’s grandson, and the answer to the prayers of a young childless couple who had all but given up hope that they would ever hold their own infant in their empty, aching arms? Who but God could have given my daughter the courage, tenacity and unfailing love to find a way to rescue this precious child. . .not to mention the heroic love it has required for her to entrust him to someone else? I stand here amazed, even speechless sometimes, contemplating it with awe.

God created us for love, and one of the ways He has created for us to be able to experience his love and also to learn to love like He does, is family. My family, together with Kris’ family, have learned a great deal about God’s love through Little Will. Our families are now one, and our oneness has come through the gift of a child to (what used to be) two separate families. God is good. He is very, very good.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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37 Responses to A Will – and a Way

  1. Michelle says:

    This truly touches my heart. So many miracles. Thank you, Lord. So happy for you and your family, Nancy.

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  2. Karen says:

    Thank you Nancy for telling us this story. What strikes me most is how you see it all as a sign of God’s love and care (which it truly is). Several people I know would use these circumstances to claim there is no God, or that He is uncaring or cruel. They ask why God permits mental illness, infertility of a pious couple and fertility of a homeless woman with an abusive history, etc. They ask me to explain why these things are permitted (as if I ever could). It encourages me to hear other people who love and trust God too.

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  3. Phillip Frank says:

    Astonishingly, all these stories of persons in bad circumstances have made me winder if THEY will be the leaders during the storm….a kind of trial-by-fire education as it were.
    Ten plus years ago a Buddy of mine ran fro police for months living in the woods and plotting and planning, even escaping a few times when the police came with dogs and helicopters!
    Eventually he gave up and just returned home where the police founded him up triumphantly.
    He looked them in the eye and defiantly exclaimed that he ” let” them catch him of which they reluctantly agreed after so many failed attempts to capture him.
    Years later, as he told me of some of his exploits, I mused that God was just prepping him for these times.
    I see this may be what many of us have experienced and sets up a kind of window into the future events we will all be readied for.
    S.o, what have you been prepped for, hmmm?

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    • You are right, Phillip and may I add that God is — as usual — a few steps ahead and He is preparing people to feed the flock spiritually now, during, and after we cross to the other side. I have the feeling that many will sincerely repent out of sheer terror when they see how they have been fooled into a collision course with the Almighty. Then if by God’s grace they find themselves on the other side, who is going to teach them the ways of God? That is — in my view — how the Church will spend that spring that John Paul II talked about. The lion and the lamb will have to learn to live together and someone is already being prepared to do that. God is in the details!

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      • EllenChris says:

        Carlos, I am deeply convinced that there are people whom God has been preparing for a very long time to be those teachers and mentors in the time after — and maybe also during — the storm. Those who come to Faith for the first time will not know how to understand it fully or how to live it faithfully. Those who have these things developed by God will be ready to help them in His Providence.

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        • Isaiag 26
          16 O Lord, in distress they sought you,
          they poured out a prayer
          when your chastening was on them.
          17 Like a woman with child,
          who writhes and cries out in her pangs
          when she is near her time,
          so were we because of you, O Lord;
          18 we were with child, we writhed,
          but we gave birth only to wind.
          We have won no victories on earth,
          and no one is born to inhabit the world.
          19 Your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise.
          O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
          For your dew is a radiant dew,
          and the earth will give birth to those long dead.
          20 Come, my people, enter your chambers,
          and shut your doors behind you;
          hide yourselves for a little while
          until the wrath is past.
          21 For the Lord comes out from his place
          to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
          the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,
          and will no longer cover its slain.

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      • connie says:

        Solidarity with Jewish and Protestant brother and sisters of good wil.lAnne Graham Lotz is calling for prayer and fasting these 9 days between Ascension Thursday to Pentecost Sunday. http://www.annegrahamlotz.org/2015/04/30/is-gods-judgment-coming/

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    • diane says:

      Phillip Frank,
      I agree that Our Good and Gracious God does the prep work so we can regain our footing for the storm that is coming. I personally have been betrayed by a family member, accused falsely for years, stripped of financial security, verbally abused by those who love me and the list goes on and on. Our family had to depend on the gifts of others in order to keep our head above water. Humbled indeed by the generousity of our community. We watch God as He gently pulled and continues to pull us out of the muck and mire of the stuff piled on top of us – some we solicitated, some was thrown at us and some is just the way this messy world rolls. We are having our shoulders strengthened to carry that yoke with Christ walking right beside us. Ahh. Life is good, with eyes to see and ears to hear we will be just fine. God is good and merciful for all time. How blessed we are.
      Love. I do.

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  4. annef444 says:

    Wow, how beautiful. God is awesome!!

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Mary Ann says:

    How is Beth?

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    • Kris R. says:

      Thank you for asking, Mary Ann. This is Nancy on Kris’ iPad. Things are always complicated with Beth. We hope, pray and pray some more that someday she will find stability and some level of true happiness in her life. Your prayers are also appreciated. Thank you. We have not and will not abandon her. She will always be reminded of our love.


  6. radiclaudio says:

    Amen, amen! 🙂

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  7. beth trussell says:

    Praise YOU Lord Jesus Christ!!!!!

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  8. Mary W. says:

    Let’s call him: God’s Will !!!

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  9. Paul says:

    Great story, Nancy…thank you

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  10. EllenChris says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Nancy. It does help give hope.

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  11. Judy says:

    “God works everything together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”…Thank you for this post. I needed to read it today. …..Attitude is the mind’s palette. You certainly saw these events with the eyes of a true Christian. May God continue to bless you .

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    • nanannda2 says:

      “Attitude is the mind’s palette.” I like that a lot, Judy. Thanks also for the blessing, which I send back to you with God’s love.


  12. Judith says:

    How great and merciful is our God. What a wonderful story. I love this picture of sleeping Jesus in Mary’s arms and her cradling the little lamb – must be little Will.

    The story reminds me of the ‘crown of thorns’ plant I received recently. About 4″ tall, droopy leaves with some brown ,and SHARP thorns. “Just like my life”, I thought, “spiritual dryness, fear for family, anxious life”. I watered it [slightly]. Several days later I noticed another brown leaf. But No! It was a small pale yellow flower!!! What an unexpected ‘gift’. A reminder that God is present even in our brier patch in all His beauty and tenderness and love.
    Thank you, Lord, I hear you. Increase my faith, increase my trust, increase my love.

    …pray Beth is well.

    …hope to see you in Albany, Charlie.

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  13. Kris R. says:

    Charlie, what a lovely surprise! This is Nancy D using Kris R’s iPad from Medugorje, where we are on pilgrimage. I love the title “A Will and a Way” – very clever. But most of all I love the illustration – it’s perfect. Thank you.


    • Mary W. says:

      Please Nancy D., keep us in your prayers while in Medjugorje. Thank you so very much, God Bless you and yours, and tell Our Queen of Peace that we love her, and her Son of course, very much!!!

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      • nanannda2 says:

        Mary W, I brought you and all here to Our Lady Queen of Peace during the prayer time we had when we went to see Vicka. I also thought of you many times throughout our pilgrimage, and I know Our Lady has brought all of us, our concerns and our love to her Son, as always. Watch for the blessings, especially the peace!


  14. mmbev says:

    Trust Charlie to provide us with the perfect story of God’s love and His carrying out over a period of time! And blessing all those involved. I just kept thinking I can’t keep pressing “like” to every entry, but, well, there it is.

    I most absolutely agree that God has been and is preparing people to be able to explain the faith to those who will chose Christ during this Storm. There will be a steady assault on our priests, ministers and pastors because without them, “they” recognize that it leaves the sheep to wander and be lost. Of course, they have no understanding of God’s plans. That has been true in every persecution Christian’s have undergone. Every one of us will find He has a specific purpose for us, and not only us, but many who are hearing Him and responding, each as He leads them.

    Which means that perhaps part of our preparation may involve purchasing inexpensive Bibles, Catechisms, books that encourage the faith for neophytes (Introduction to the Devote Life, by St.Francis de Sales, and lots of others like them. Even books like Corrie Ten Boom’s, the Hiding Place.) There is so much that each of us are aware of. I have realized that books will be a necessary item, because there will be so many, and such hunger, that just group sessions themselves will not satisfy the hunger. And Bibles are a necessity.) We’re all going to need our “libraries” of the books we have already purchased, because you have to feed more than milk. And I bet there isn’t a person who reads or comments here who doesn’t have a “stash”. I am realizing how valuable books by St. JP II and Pope E. Benedict are.

    I have twice given away a ton of books, and now I kind of wish I hadn’t, because they would come in good use now. I had so many bought, in the expectation that they would be wonderful for my son when he returned to the Church. All gone….and now so needed Our Catholic Book Store here has a second hand section which I scour at least once a week. I have managed to get quite a few that way at less cost.

    For those of you fleeing, hide them carefully, and for those of us staying, also hide them carefully. Make sure a good number of people know where, so they can be retrieved, when they are most needed if we can’t get back or if we have gone. I’m friends with the canon lawyer at the Chancery and I want to make sure that all the materials that are used are hidden as well, (especially those used to instruct our own adults now), and people know where to locate them later.

    What a wonderful, uplifting, gift this column is. And how nice to get “good news” when we really need it. It absolutely fills my heart with joy.

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    • nanannda2 says:

      Thank you mmbev. You have confirmed the idea of building a good library for future faith formation after the Storm. Kris R and I are doing just that. We have recently added some children’s books and DVD’s, a lot of them from EWTN. I will definitely be checking out our local “nearly new” store, though, thanks to your suggestion. I am also thinking about your comments regarding hiding them so that they can be retrieved if need be. Good idea. God bless you and yours.


  15. christiaria says:

    If any of you would like to join me in praying the Novena to the Holy Spirit, it begins today! http://www.praymorenovenas.com/novena-to-the-holy-spirit/

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    • Lil Wild Rose says:

      Something I saw on Spirit Daily yesterday: Anne Grahm (daughter of Billy Grahm) is calling for Christians everywhere to pray and fast during these next 9 days in honor of the first novena to Pentacost. She also “sees” what is coming. I find it interesting that God is also informing and calling our Christian brothers and sisters. It would be great to offer our Holy Spirit novena in solidarity with theirs.

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  16. EllenChris says:

    Probably most of you have seen this. It reminds me of the Jesuits who were saying the Rosary in Hiroshima when the A-bomb dropped, but were not injured. I hope this whole village gets baptized!


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    • barb129 says:

      What a wonderful story!!! Thank you for sharing….


    • anne ovari says:

      Thank you EllenChris for the link, I just read it. What a marvellous sign of God’s love and mercy. I have often shared the story about the priests at Hiroshima. I now have another wonderful one to share. Thank you also Nancy for sharing your beautiful miracle story and to everyone else who shared theirs. It fills my heart with joy and courage to soldier on. Praying for everyone. God bless


  17. Mary Ann says:

    I hope Beth is doing well.


    • Kris R. says:

      Again, MaryAnn, it’s Nancy here. Sorry my reply didn’t go through last night. I tried several times to send it but our internet got stuck and wouldn’t go through. It finally went through today…see above.


  18. EllenChris says:

    Friday, May 15: The First Day of the Pentecost Novena — nine days of prayer invoking the Holy Spirit. Pelianito has novena prayers at her website. Interestingly, Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham, is inviting Evangelicals to pray for these nine days for the coming of the Holy Spirit also. A wonderful time to participate in.


  19. jeanO says:

    Is anyone moderating here?


    • charliej373 says:

      Sorry, Jean, I was in transit this weekend.

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      • Bob says:

        It is good you can still move about freely. As for me I was on our yearly sibling fishing trip. It is a fine thing to see my pole bending over with a nice catfish on the end of the line! I did have some time to relax and to pray which is a bit more difficult when writing up reports at work.


  20. jessisamom says:

    This is the first time I have ever commented here, although my husband has been active on this board for some time and I learn often from Charlie’s wisdom and others’ insights. I am currently on “lurker” status. There have been so many horrific headlines involving children lately, particularly babies, that bring me to tears (and I am not an overly-emotional person). The crimes against children, I feel, are always the most heinous. It gave me hope and lifted my soul to read such a beautiful story! “Let the children come to me…” Thank you, Nancy!


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