Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End" by Jennifer Worth

Jennifer Worth's final book in her non-fiction Call the Midwife trilogy may be the darkest of them all. It is set in London of the 1950's but encompasses history long before and after the main events. When I was in the middle of the book and reading about abortion, infanticide, rampant tuberculosis that wiped out entire families, etc., I wasn't even sure I would write anything about my reading experience. Yet, I am. This will be short.

If there is a defining characteristic to talk about from Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End, it is mercy. The heroes of this book are the nuns and nurses who never failed to answer the call to serve people in need. It didn't matter how bad a situation was or who caused it, the midwives used whatever resources they had (often very little) to save lives, give hope, and make the best of whatever they were facing. Most of them did so out of a God given love for people in need. They were there under God's command, and they survived through His strength.

God is merciful, loving, and caring. Sin does have consequences, and our just Lord cannot remove all suffering from this world marred by humanity's sin. ...Not yet, anyway. However, he does bring relief.  He sends help and comfort, and He often does so by sending people like you and me.

God's love casts out fear. With His help, we are capable of doing far more than we could ever imagine, and we can find hope and joy in little miracles and victories.

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