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Monday, August 30, 2010

Heralding Doah

“Lord, another baby?” the angel asked with a bit of incredulity.

“Yes, another,” the Lord replied.

“But, Lord, why this baby?”

“Why not this baby?” the Lord countered.

“Well, you know, Lord. The mother said that she could handle any physical problem. As long as there were no mental defects, she could manage...” The angel stopped, wondering perhaps why more needed to be said.

“She did say that, didn’t she?” The Lord was unperturbed.

“Lord, this one will have a mental deficit.”


“A very serious one.”


“An obviousto-everyone serious one.”


“But, Lord, she said she could not cope with that.”

“She will cope. I will help.”

“But, Lord, she does not know You exist.”

“The baby does.”

God works in mysterious ways, thought the angel and put away the record book after recording: Don & Elizabeth Mahlou…baby son, Doah.

copyright 2010


Excerpted from my work in progress, Raising God's Rainbow Makers.


  1. Thought-provoking and moving. Loved this post!

  2. Hi Ms. Elizabeth, thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a comment.

    I love this inspiring message. It's true that God always help us in many ways but we have to do our part to make it happen.
    It's interesting to know that you started out working on your PhD in Pittsburgh Univ. but finished it in Russia. Wow, you must be travelling a lot! We actually don't live in Pittsburgh. It is 1 and 1/2 hours from us but we like to go there to entertain the kids. We live in Weirton, WV.

    Hubby and I are now following your blog. Thanks once again for visiting.

  3. Thanks, Warren.

    Thanks, Chubskulit. I agree that we do have to do our part, but usually our part is the easiest half! You have quite a drive to get to Pittsburgh. My sister-in-law taught in Dillner, PA for her entire career (now retired). I think she was not all that far from you.


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I am the mother of 4 birth children (plus 3 others who lived with us) and grandmother of 2, all of them exceptional children. Married for 42 years, I grew up in Maine, live in California, and work in many places in education, linguistics, and program management. In my spare time, I rescue and tame feral cats and have the scars to prove it. A long-time ignorantly blissful atheist converted by a theophanic experience to Catholicism, I am now a joyful catechist. Oh, I also authored a dozen books, two under my pen name of Mahlou (Blest Atheist and A Believer-in-Waiting's First Encounters with God).

My Other Blogs

100th Lamb. This is my main blog, the one I keep most updated.

The Clan of Mahlou
. This is background information about various members of the extended Mahlou family. It is very much a work still in progress. Soon I will begin posting excerpts from a new book I am writing, Raising God's Rainbow Makers.

Modern Mysticism. This blog discusses the mystical in our pragmatic, practical, realistic, and rational 21st century world and is to those who spend some or much of their time in an irrational/mystical relationship with God. If such things do not strain your credulity, you are welcome to follow the blog and participate in it.

Recommended Reading List

Because I am blog inept, I don't quite know how to get a reading list to stay at the end of the page and not disappear from sight. Therefore, I entered it as my first post. I suppose that is not all that bad because readers started commenting about the books, even suggesting additional readings. So, you can participate with others in my reading list by clicking here.
I do post additional books as I read them and find them to be meaningful to me, and therefore, hopefully, meaningful to you. One advantage of all the plane traveling I do is that I acquire reading time that I might not otherwise take.