Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tiny Miracles...

Over the past 2 years I have been reminded of the miracle a child is. People always say it. I mean, I always say it, but the truth is that the full reality of that never sank in.

We always hear, "children are a gift" and when a friend has a baby we say things like, "What a precious miracle!" But I have never felt stronger about those statements than I do right now. Children are a precious, priceless, undeserved gift from God and they are, without a shadow of a doubt, a miracle.

Some dear friends of ours were expecting their second little girl this week. My husband has grown up with the expectant father and they have been dear friends since childhood. David talked to him this past weekend and they discussed the fact that their little girl would be born sometime this week and he would call David when she made her debut. Dave I both received a text on Tuesday evening and we were expecting that this sweet girl had made her arrival. Unfortunately, we received news that you hope you never hear.

Just days before her due date, our friend found out that she lost her sweet girl.

David and I have been beyond heartbroken for them for the past 36 hours since we learned of their loss. We have hardly talked about anything else. I have hardly prayed about anything else. I cry at inexplicable times because God gives me teeny-tiny-fraction-of-a glimpse of their heartache. I count that a privilege. It leads me to pray for them...to beg God for grace, strength, peace, comfort...will. Will to go on. Will to keep taking breaths in and out and to begin to plan for their daughter's burial. Will to walk out of that hospital without their baby girl.

Children are a precious gift. An incredible miracle. And when a child is conceived, as it develops, when it is born...it is a sight to behold and a praise worthy event. Life is one more gift...one more blessing we are given by God. We're so privileged to be a part of His miracles every day.

If you feel led, please pray for our friends. These next few days will be very difficult for them as they leave the hospital, plan their daughter's burial and begin a life very different from the one they were anticipating. Thank you...I'm so grateful for your prayers for them.

19 comments:

Lenzi said...

This is so heartbreaking. I will definitely be lifting these parents up in my prayers. I can't even imagine what they are going through :(

DaisyGirl said...

I cannot imagine what they must be experiencing. I have already prayed for them.

Sara said...

Oh T, I'm so sorry to hear this. I can't even begin to imagine what they must be going through. My thoughts and prayers will be with them.

Lauren said...

How heartbreaking...I honestly can't even begin to imagine. And yes, children are a miracle...as this tiny little girl grows in my womb, I'm reminded of this all along!

katie newton said...

I just prayed for this sweet family- that they will undoubtedly be able to see God's face and feel His loving arms around them as they face unbearable circumstances.

Vanessa said...

My heart breaks for them. They will certainly be in my prayers. <3

melissa said...

Oh Tiffany, that breaks my heart for them. I cannot imagine the sadness they must be experiencing. A sadly similar thing happened to a friend of mine and it's just such a sad reminder of how precious babies are, as you said. Thinking of your friends as they face this.

Lissa Michelle said...

:( that just makes me cry. i will for sure be praying for them.

Elicia said...

Bless them. I can't even fathom what they are feeling. They will be in my prayers!

Mel said...

This is very heartbreaking and I'm sorry for your friends' loss. I can truly understand the pain they feel. I cannot even comprehend the sorrow from a loss so late in the pregnancy. (Weeks early is devastating enough.) I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

Nikki said...

Heartbreaking! Our friends lost a baby in a similar situation. I will be prayin for them and you guys!

Chic Runner said...

Thinking of you guys and your friends loss. I'm so sorry to hear this and will be including them in my prayers for weeks to come.

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

I cannot imagine a family who has been praying for so long experiencing this. Thinking dearly for your friends!!

Susannah said...

Oh how awful! Children really are a gift from God. You are such a dear friend to constantly pray on their behalf. I'm thinking of them and going their hearts can heal in time.

Lindsey said...

That is devastating! Ryan & I were just talking about all of this. We have three close friends/family members who have gone through something similar. I just can't even imagine. I'm so sorry that your friends have to go through this.

Sundresses and Smiles said...

My thoughts are with you and your friends--what a heartbreaking story.

Suburban Princess said...

I am so, so sorry to hear this. Losing a child is the worst nightmare. I was so afraid of this I didnt even speak my son's name until he was in my arms. And he then almost died when he was born. I will be thinking about your friends and send strong thoughts their way.

Kat said...

i am so sorry :( This is so terrible. There are no words.

Pray~and~Wait said...

Lifting up your friends! I know how you feel. This happened to someone close to our family. She was 3 days away from her c-section. She had gone to the dr that morning and everything was fine. That night she realized she hadn't felt the baby move. It was heart breaking! I don't know if there is much worse than this. I, like you, spent days praying and crying. I will tell you something that someone did for them. They contacted friends and family (via email and facebook) and set up a prayer calendar. They had 365 days booked with people praying for them. If I remember correctly, my day to pray was the 22nd of every month. People would contact them by facebook, cards, or however they wanted on the day(s) they were praying for them. I know it was a blessing for them. Just an idea if you want a proactive way to help in a situation that is un-"fix"able. I'm so sorry for your friends and the heartbreak that is felt all around them. Lifting up a prayer!