02 October 2008

Dear Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I write today. This week, we have had to say goodbye to another sweet baby until we are reunited in paradise. We are disappointed and very sad.

I am sharing this not invoke pity or to attract attention. I believe that it is right and good to rejoice together and to mourn together. And, we do mourn this tiny life, not even two months old. This baby had life, and that life is worth grieving.

We had the privilege of seeing our son or daughter's little body yesterday on the ultrasound screen. Even though it's heart had stopped, it was still sweet to see our child and know it was ours.

Even now, as we are sad by the toll sin and death has taken on our world and our lives, we are comforted to know that God's grace and His goodness are abounding. We feel less and less bolted down to this world. We are anxious for the day that Christ will return and save his people from the toil of this world.

Until then, we are clinging to His promises:

"I will never leave you or forsake you." Joshua 1:5

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"'For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you." Isaiah 54:10

He hasn't failed us yet.

Thanks be to God.


HMG said...

Hi there...

I'm not sure how I came across your blog, but I just want you to know that I'm really sorry for your loss(es). We also have five children, four in heaven and one with us. She is now 2.5 years old and a precious, precious gift. I will remember you in my prayers as we both look forward to the day and believe with great faith that the Lord will give us more children in our arms, if that indeed is part of His will. Love in Christ,

Claire Wise Photography said...

I am so so sorry :(

Christine Case said...

I am so glad you have the Scriptures to give you promises of comfort and peace. I mourn with you, but am so glad that you remind us that we can rejoice in heaven. How good that we are not of this world!

I love you and your family very much.

Susan Graham said...

We are so sorry for you loss.

Erin J. Photography Blog said...

I'm just reading this now. I am so sorry.... I have no words.... but you are amazing! Much better than I can claim I would be.