I’ve been watching a lot of British TV lately. One show my wife and I are getting hooked on is “Call the Midwife.” The series is about a group of midwives based in East London in the 1950s. Episode #3 is about a middle-aged couple named Ted and Winnie Lawson. At age 41, Winnie is expecting her 4th child. Ted is in his mid-50s and this will be his first child. He lost his first wife to cancer. Winnie’s first husband walked out leaving her alone with three children. Ted met her at a newsstand where she worked. They were married a year later. Winnie confesses to her nurses that she did not originally marry Ted for love, but for financial support. She is not at all happy about being pregnant. On the contrary, Ted is ecstatic! He buys lots of books about babies and prenatal care, but Winnie is not interested and wants no part of his books. She finally becomes so irritated with Ted, she screams, “Just leave me alone!” After seeing the rejection in his eyes she tells him, “I’m Sorry.” He gently answers her, “Nothing to apologize for.”
Winnie goes into labor and two midwives arrive at her home. As her labor intensifies she insists that Ted leave the bedroom. The baby wants to come, but Winnie refuses to push him out. The midwives explain that she is putting the baby in serious danger and she must start pushing. Winnie cries out, “I can’t have this baby! I’m scared!” The midwives try to comfort her, but she frantically cries, “You don’t understand! I’m scared it’s gonna’ be black!” With wisdom and understanding the nurse shouts back at her, “I don’t care if it’s green, red, or orange! Start pushing now!”
As Winnie feared, the baby is black. When the doctor arrives he is shocked to see a black baby born from a white woman. He secretly reveals his prejudice to the midwives as he sarcastically declares, “It’s a boy.” Winnie sees the baby and starts to cry knowing that her hidden sin is now revealed. The doctor frowns and awkwardly says,” I’ll go give your husband the good news.” Ted is found nervously waiting in the backyard when the doctor tells him, “It’s a boy.” Ted’s face lights up and he declares, “It’s a boy―my little boy.”
Back in the bedroom Winnie explains to the nurses that she didn’t realize how lucky she was to be married to Ted, and she felt trapped. One night she stayed out late drinking and had a “one night stand.” She was sure the baby would cause her to lose Ted’s love. (Keep in mind this was in England in the 50s). Ted enters the room happy and says excitedly, “A boy! You don’t know what this means to me!” His eyes meet Winnies eyes filled with tears. He looks at the baby, looks at her; then he looks back at the baby. His mind quickly analyses what has happened. He asks to hold the baby. Winnie hesitantly hands him the bundle. Everyone in the room is on pins and needles not knowing what Ted will do to the baby. He tenderly holds the tiny, black baby and just stares at him. The thick silence is finally broken when Ted softly says, “I don’t reckon to know much about babies―but I can see how this is the most beautiful baby in the world.” Everyone exhales with relief as he smiles and lovingly announces, “My son Ted.”
A few scenes later, Ted is overjoyed as he pushes a baby carriage into the clinic proudly showing off his beautiful new son. The narrator is overheard saying, “Ted loves purely and completely and he asks no questions. And in the end, nor did anyone else.”
The Grace of God― “No questions asked.”
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1 a NKJV.
“God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.” Romans 5:20 NLT.
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7 NLT.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us” Hebrews 4:16 NIV.
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 NLT.