Sunday, September 5, 2010
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One of the hardest things in life for an expectant mother is to find out that the baby that she has been carrying for almost eight months is stillborn.

In a moment's time, the world of the expectant father and mother shatters. The feeling of loss overshadows the grieving couple, and time suddenly stands still. The feeling of loss goes beyond the immediate family and affects siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents, great-grandparents, and close friends. A deep darkness overcomes them, and for a brief moment, everything existing and alive doesn't matter any more. Those involved wish and pray that this would be only a bad dream and that they would any second wake up from this nightmare. But then reality sets in. Emotions like shock, anger, denial, and self-doubt enter into the minds of the couple. Brokenhearted and spirits crushed, the couple desperately seek some sort of release from their anxiety and pain.

Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (NASB)

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. (NASB)

Thousands of questions flood their minds as they desperately seek some sort of answer. Some may scream at God and ask why this has happened. Others may question and wonder if God even knows what the father and mother are going through. Does God even know about that little child who was growing inside the mother's body?

Psalm 139:13-16 – For Thou didst form my inward parts; thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. (NASB)

God already knows what will happen in the future. God knows the trials that we will be going through, and therefore, He has prepared and written His greatest love letter to His children: the Bible.

Whatever trial you and I may be going through, let us turn to God's love letter and gain encouragement and strength.

Acts 2:38-39 – Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God shall call to Himself." (NASB)

Prayer: God of encouragement and hope, You are with us in our brokenness and sorrow. Grant us the assurance that You, the One who knits us together in our mother's wombs, will keep the children of Your covenant safe and secure in Your tender care, both now and throughout eternity. Amen.

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