“I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”
No matter how old we get or how much life we live, our hearts are never fully prepared for loss. Even if we know months or years in advance that it is soon to come, our hearts are still devastated by the loss of a loved one. Some say that at least if you have an advance warning, you are better able to brace yourself and not be swept away by the torrential tidal wave that is grief. But what if there is no warning…no alarms sound…just the explosion akin to a nuclear bomb that’s been placed in the center of your chest where your heart is…where your loves are held dear…and it only has one trigger…the irreversible loss of one of those loves…? Such is the case with a beautiful family who awoke this morning with their family intact, but close their eyes tonight with the newest addition to their beautiful family no longer with them…forever with the Lord.
As a woman, a mother of four, a follower of Jesus Christ, I struggled all day to wrap my mind around this. My prayers were spoken out loud, silently within myself, as well as in the company of the prayers of others at varying times during the day. Now sitting here, with the house finally quiet, my heart breaks for this mother who goes to bed with her arms empty, no longer able to hold and nurse the baby whose birth she just celebrated and praised God for.
I have lived long enough to understand a few things…one being that there are so many things I will never be able to understand, and losses like this are one of those things.
Please pray for this family, for the father, the mother, the siblings. Pray that they will allow The Comforter to comfort them in their darkest hour. Please pray that they will find rest and peace for their tormented souls in Him, and joy in their awareness that living lives committed to Christ will ensure that they see their baby boy again.
Brokenhearted While Joyfully Submitted,