Sunday, August 09, 2009

"I Asked God for a Preacher, and He Gave Me a Quarterback"

"When I was out in the mountains of Mindanao, back in '86, I was showing a film and preaching that night. I was weeping over the millions of babies being [aborted] in America, and I prayed, 'God, if you give me a son, if you give me Timmy, I'll raise him to be a preacher.'" Not long after, Bob and Pam Tebow conceived their fifth child. It was a very difficult pregnancy. "The placenta was never properly attached, and there was bleeding from the get-go," Bob recalls. "We thought we'd lost him several times,." Early in the pregnancy Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, which briefly put her in a coma. Her doctors, fearful that medications they had given her had damaged the fetus, advised her to abort it. She refused, and on Aug. 14, 1987, Pam delivered a healthy if somewhat scrawny Timothy Richard Tebow.

-From "You Gotta Love Tim Tebow" by Austin Murphy in the July 27 issue of Sports Illustrated.


Sean Meade said...

good article.

i'm a little wary of the normal pitfalls of muscular evangelicalism, but c'est la vie...

Paul Stokes said...

I know what you mean, Sean. But Tebow seems not to be normal in so many ways.