I’m sitting here during nap time and I should be working but I can’t put my sleeping baby down. I don’t want to put her down right now.
You see, my sister is in the hospital at 29 weeks pregnant, with placenta previa, awaiting the birth of their fifth child any day now. She’s had to leave her other children at home (under the care of my amazing aunt and cousin) so the doctors can stop the bleeding she’s been having and try to keep this little one safe inside for a little while longer.
Meanwhile, A friend from MOPS is in a different hospital saying good-bye to her 2 day old little baby boy. He was born with many health complications (some of which they knew prior to his birth) but it doesn’t make this any easier. No mother wants to bury a child.
I think of both these moms and realize again how precious life is. We discard babies in our society under the guise of choice when there really isn’t a choice. All life is precious and given by God. God gives life – no matter how brief – and He is the only one who can take it away.
I wish there were easier answers. I wish I had better words. I wish we could see the big picture.
Since I don’t and can’t, I have to cling to faith. I have to trust in God’s goodness – even when it doesn’t seem good at the time.
I’m remembering God’s promises in Isaiah 43, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God.”
And I’m going to hold my precious Emma a little bit longer today and thank God for the gift of her life!
Will you join me in praying for all those – known and unknown – who are carrying a baby? And pray for those who are grieving the loss of a child – whether by miscarriage or death too soon?