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The History of Harbor House

 

 A Testimony of God's Faithfulness

    by Karla Eberle, Founder and Director


Preface ||  1  ||  2  ||  3  

Preface
By Doug Eberle

Ilove history.  My wife hates it…that is, if I call it by that name— “history.”

The amazing thing is, though, if I sit down to talk to her about a Longaberger basket from way back in time…let’s say, a 1991 Christmas Collection (preferably a green one), it’s funny how history is suddenly interesting to her.

I have a friend who, although he may not be able to tell me who our country fought in the War of 1812, will have no problem telling me the years the Cleveland Browns had winning seasons and when they didn’t (and of course, when they didn’t have a season, period).

My kids love to get out the family videos and watch each other as they grow from hairless infants to toddlers, and right on up to recent history…all those toys that came last Christmas but seem to have been lost or forgotten within a week or so afterwards.

As for me, my favorite TV show is A&E’s Biography. Growing up, I used to love to go to the school library where I could pick up and read The Story of Amelia Earhart, or Babe Ruth: The Legend of Baseball. History and the people who have lived it has always held a fascination for me.

What does all of this about history have to do with a maternity home or problem pregnancies? A couple of things.

Sin is the seed from which a problem pregnancy grows. Solomon recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes (1:9 NIV) “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ever since Eve sinned in the garden, both men and women alike have had to face the consequence of their sins. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 10, speaking of the sinful actions of the Israelites throughout the history of the nation, that “these things happened… and were written down as warnings for us” and “to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.”

There’s nothing new under the sun and human nature will never change. God warns us through Paul’s hand that “if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.”

How do we know what is “common to man”? The Bible (besides being God’s Word) is wonderful history book. God has commanded us to be students of history so that we don’t fall into the same traps that have ensnared our forebears throughout time.

God also calls us to be students of history for another reason. In Psalm 105, David reminds us: “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.”

In order to “tell of all his wonderful acts” we need first to remember them, and to remember them we need to write them down.

We’ve called them “God-sightings.”

It’s not that God just shows up once in a while when he feels like it. “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen…” (Romans 1:20 NIV). Sometimes we seem to have a bad habit of not taking much notice, if at all, when God declares his presence.

We want to chronicle some of our God-sightings by beginning to share with you the history of the ministry of Harbor House. By doing this, we hope to accurately trace the path we’ve traveled, but most importantly, to tell of the Lord’s wonderful acts.  After all, he’s the one who cleared and blazed the path.



© 1998 Karla Eberle/Harbor House Maternity Home, Inc. All rights reserved.

Related Links

Ordinary Miracles: True Stories of an Extraordinary God Who Works in Our Everyday Lives
by Rebecca Montgomery, details the story as given to the author. Available through Amazon.com

Gibbons Hospital

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