A Heartbreaking Experience

Very early this morning, I was at the hospital with a dear couple who delivered a premature, stillborn baby.

In their grief, they looked to me, for answers that made some kind of sense. I didn't know what to say. There are no words sufficient for such a heart wrenching experience. It was so sad.

They asked me to baptize little LeAnn Marie. Surrounded by her loved ones, I held this precious infant in my arms, blessed her, baptized her and committed her into the loving arms of Jesus.

She was so fragile . . . yet beautiful and definitely cherished.

Please pray for LeAnn's mommy and daddy, as they walk the dark valley of grief.

As I drove home a little while ago, the hymn, "Children of the Heavenly Father" came to my mind:

Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in Heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil things He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
Unto them His grace He showeth,
And their sorrows all He knoweth.

Though He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.


Steve Gerich said…
Oh to remember that death has not won. And yet...we are sad. Very sorry to hear this story. Oh Lord, help us in our pain.
Cora White said…

my heart breaks for them and for you.

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