Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sweet Baby Noah - 364

From Baby Noah's parents:

Our sweet little Noah passed away yesterday.
We were blessed and thankful to have him as a part of our lives for 364 days.
We are rejoicing because we know that he is now completely healed.
We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives.

Please pray for them during their grief journey. I don't pretend to know what it is like to lose a baby after having cared for him and loved him outside the womb. But I do know that when the funeral is over, and a couple of weeks have passed, the grief over losing a child can be very dark. The shock really wears off around week three or four. That is when the MOST prayer is needed, and thereafter for at least two years. It's not that after two years grief is a done deal; I don't mean that. The first measurable softening happens around one year, and then a more significant softening around two years. Prayer helps throughout, but is crucial these first two years.

This couple is amazing, in ways only God can bring about. Pray also that many, many hearts come to Jesus, through their testimony of faith. Many people are already changed because of them, but more change is to come.

I was brought to faith by a woman who suffered much. She was never able to have children, although she did adopt two as infants. The pain was deep over the infertility. Her husband committed suicide when she was just forty-five years old. Her children turned away from her, partly from grief, partly from just being wayward teens. Her son has come around, but the daughter is still angry, although there is regular contact.

In addition, my friend lost her first grandbaby due to meningitis. She is 65 years old, and still prays for a husband, twenty-years into her widowhood. But! And this is God! She has the most beautiful relationship with Jesus you could ever imagine. He is her everything! She wouldn't trade her relationship with him for anything. Not even to have her loved ones restored to her. Her peace and joy, that transcend her circumstances, brought me to faith in Jesus Christ. God instilled that peace and joy in her heart, for all to marvel at. The same will happen to those touched by Noah's parents.

Here is their link again:

Our Cup Runneth Over

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