Sunday, January 8, 2012

Heavy Heart

Friends, today my heart is heavy.

Yesterday, I drove down to my parents' house to attend a baby shower with my mom at her church. It was a lot of fun and the mom-to-be and her husband were radiant and so excited. They are due in March and are expecting a little baby girl. I knew the mom-to-be in high school and through church and we are really excited for them. I enjoyed celebrating with them as they prepare to welcome their little one. I learned though that the father-to-be is going to be deployed for six months and will miss the birth of his little girl.

Then today I found out that an acquaintance I'm friends with on Facebook and her husband were told that their baby boy, due at the end of January, has a brittle bone form of skeletal dysplasia. They've been told that they will probably have an hour at most with their little one after he is born. It broke my heart reading her blog posts about what they are having to go through. I can't even imagine what it must be like and it's hard to think of words to say when something so life-changing happens, especially when "We're praying for you" sounds so feeble in the light of the situation.

These past two days have been a rollercoaster of emotions. To top it all off, one of the ladies at church that I adore sang Laura Story's song "Blessings" today. I was pretty close to bawling in my seat. Here's the chorus:

"'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise"

My prayer today is that God would be with those hurting and give them comfort but also with those who are rejoicing and give them peace as they prepare to be apart. The witness of these two couples and what God is doing in their lives is speaking volumes to those around them. Praying His strength for them both as they walk the road ahead.

Soli Deo Gloria,


Taylor said...

I am so sorry for your friend and her family. I'll be praying! Some dear friends of mine lost their first child to similar circumstances. Maybe you could pass along my friend's blog to your friend, my friend could be an encouragement to her or help her with some resources:

Lori said...

He is with them. They may not know it as they thought they would, but He is...and one day they will know how much your prayers and the prayers of others sustains them. Truly. Praying for them. I'm sure someone will tell them, but just to be sure, please tell your friends about Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep... Those pictures will be priceless .