Saturday, March 22, 2014

Another Baby Born in March is with Jesus

My heart is extremely heavy. I learned today that my friend's nephew is now with the Lord. I met her and her sweet family during my Ellerslie semester. Her sister, who is also an Ellerslie graduate, but I have never met her, went into labor at fullterm, I believe last night (Friday) and discovered that her precious son's heart was no longer beating. He is her and her husband's first child. I don't even know his name, but I have been thinking of him all day...

This is really affecting me, especially with this little boy being born just days after my Lily's birthday. It is bringing back memories of that raw pain and grief from spring 2010. I think the fact that this child is born so close to when Lily was born is making it harder for me because I am already dealing with all my own memories and anniversary dates. My heart is grieved knowing that the spring season and the month of March will now hold similar feelings and memories for this family.

I can't stand knowing their family is walking through what my family has walked through the past 4 years. I have cried today for the mother and father of this sweet boy, his aunts, and uncles, grandparents, cousins... the loss of a baby affects so, so many. It is so shocking and devastating. I can't get them out of my mind.

I am ready for March to be over. Next week, I will be dealing with the anniversary date of Lily's burial. And this family will be burying their son... maybe even on the same date.

Not only is this reminding me of the sorrow of spring 2010... but it is also reminding me of Jesus' supernatural strength and grace that met me in the delivery room on March 16, 2010 and has carried me ever since. He is always good. He is always in control. And He has a plan. Oh what hope there is for those whose faith is in Jesus!

I wish I could do more to help them during this time, but since I cannot, I will be praying for them. And I will be sharing some resources that I hope they find helpful. Please pray the Lord gives them hope and comfort during this excruciatingly painful time.

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