Five days later, she held that little boy, stillborn, in her arms. We went from celebrating and rejoicing to mourning and grieving with our friend. It was very hard, and many of us had days of tears and sadness.
She and her husband have shown amazing strength in God throughout this trial. They have been breathing in God's promises in scripture and leaning fully on God and the support He is sending through friends and family. They are actually facing the grief with honesty AND praise to God for His comfort and peace through such an experience.
As I traversed my own grief, which is nothing like the mom and dad's, I realize, I thought of the hymn "It is Well with My Soul." This hymn was written by Horatio Spafford as he was crossing the Atlantic Ocean from America to England. There is a story, though.
Horatio had sent his daughters and wife ahead of him to England while he did some business in America. He had recently suffered some financial losses and trials, and he needed to stay and wrap up some loose ends. The boat with his family was wrecked and sank, and his wife was the only survivor of his family.
As he suffered heavy grief, he went on a boat himself to join his grieving wife in England. The boat on which he was a passenger stopped in the ocean for remembrance at the EXACT spot where his daughters were lost in the sea. He was able to write the hymn right there as he poured out his heart to God and put his grief into an eternal perspective.
We too can learn from Horatio's example. Though the world is falling apart at the seams, and sometimes it feels as if nothing is right, we can rejoice that our eternity is secure in Christ if we are Christians. The trials of this world are intense, but they are temporary. Praise God for the hope of our future in Heaven and His promise of comfort, peace and wisdom as we face the trials of this world.
Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
It is Well with My Soul