Memory flashback. Aware that the potential was before them, the truth of her passing yesterday afternoon hit my heart with an aching pain of grief for them.
Yesterday, dear friends of ours held their 26-week-old daughter in their arms and watched as she slowly enter Heaven into the presence of the One Who had created her. She, along with her twin sister, were born at 25 weeks and 2 days.
This family has been down this road before having seen their first son born at 22 weeks. The only difference, after many, many weeks in the children’s hospital, he came home. Today he is an active, healthy little man . . . a trophy of God’s grace. His younger brother was full-term and likewise is doing very well.
Why a memory flashback? July 2, 2017, will mark 30 years that my wife and I held the precious lifeless body of our second daughter in our arms. She was stillborn. I so well remember her little rosy cheeks, head of hair, and tender lips. My, how it hurt that night, just like I’m sure our friends hurt yesterday, and do today.
What sustains you in a time like this? In spite of the tremendous grief and pain, these truths hold you together. These were our rock in the midst of our storm. These held us together as we departed from the hospital with an empty car seat, and then arrived home to see a vacant nursery.
Psalm 91:1-4 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
2 Samuel 12:22-23 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
Psalm 73:22-26, 28 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.
Romans 8:26-31 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Memory flashback? Yes. Tears, hurt, grief, and a hurting heart? Yes! Marvelous, unexplainable, sustaining grace? YES!!! A grand reunion awaits us and for our dear friends, too? YES!!!
Encouraging resources to offer further help:
Grief – Finding Hope in the Darkness
Blessings – Laura Story
I Will Rise