The Five Minute Friday writing community looks forward to the prompt that Kate Motaung gives each week. We pause to think about the word and then write as ideas begin to flow. This week the prompt is: LOYAL
The dictionary offers this, as a definition of loyal: faithful to a cause, ideal or custom.
Over the years I have found a variety of causes to invest in.
During my college years, and after I graduated from the University of Michigan, I have been a loyal fan of the football team. My family is amused by my attachment to college football. I must admit that I am a little uncomfortable with the big business aspect, but I continue to cheer for my team.
After practicing as a labor & delivery nurse for a few years I was drawn to the Lamaze movement. I took Lamaze classes during my first pregnancy and later became certified as a Lamaze teacher. I taught for 18 years and received feedback from my students.
Sometimes students felt that the Lamaze techniques just didn’t work when their labor was induced. Interventions and the hospital environment were overwhelming. As induced labor and epidurals became more common, interest in the Lamaze method began to fade.
And then I made decision to leave the hospital labor/delivery unit and join a group of physicians and midwives that were attending home birth. I observed that women were more able to relax and work with their labor in the home environment. I loved working in the home environment and promoted home birth to my daughters.
But it is true that sometimes the hospital is needed. Sometimes interventions are needed that require the equipment in the hospital. I would like to see better communication and teamwork between home birth attendants and hospital staff.
Each of these ideals has limitations.
Currently I am reading a biography of Susannah Surgeon (book to be released September 4). Susannah and her husband, Charles, shared a faithful loyalty to the gospel. They worked together as a team with a love for the Lord God.
The best and most enduring loyalty is to the gospel, to God’s love and plan of salvation. I want this to be my passion.
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