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One Mother’s Unspeakable Christmas Love

Christmas loveThis is that wonderful time of year when we observe the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He was the ultimate gift of love: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son … (John 3:16 NIV).”

Here’s a story to illustrate that love, the love we celebrate at Christmas. Some months ago we wrote about Elizabeth Joice who refused cancer treatments to save the life of her baby, and in the process succumbed to the deadly disease. Now a similar story has come out of China.

Recently, my son Nathan sent me a link to an article about a young Chinese mother named Qiu Yuanyuan. Qiu was a TV host in Zhengzhou, China. She became pregnant in March and then was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the womb. The doctors told her she needed to begin chemotherapy to save her life. But this medical treatment would mean the loss of her baby’s life.

What should a mother do, sacrifice herself or her baby? Qiu made the choice to sacrifice her own life to save her baby. She refused the chemotherapy. By the time her baby, Niannian, was born in September it was too late for the medical treatment to save her. She died December 10. Qiu literally gave her life to save her child.

As I read this story, the realization flooded over me that this is what Christmas is all about. Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind, was born to sacrifice his own life to save yours and mine. What kind of love is this? This is why we celebrate Christ’s birth.

Thank you, Qiu! You gave your child life and reminded all who will hear what Christmas is all about.

Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

– Darrow Miller

Related posts:

Elizabeth Joice: The Mother Who Gave Her Life For Her Baby

What a True Feminist Said About Female Courage

The Maternal Dignity of a Pregnant Mom

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).


  1. Marcial Salazar may

    January 28, 2015 - 8:56 am

    Amado hermano, es en verdad una oportunidad que nos presenta para responder con entusiasmo ala necesidad que aqueja ala a nuestro prójimo. Es un llamado ala conciencia de cada cristiano que vivimos en este tiempo. Gracias. Dios le bendiga.

    • admin

      January 30, 2015 - 7:10 am