Friday, October 15, 2010

Remember With Me

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  Former President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month in 1988; however, in 2006 Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day was was officially recognized on October 15th. This day honors and acknowledges babies lost miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, prematurity complications, neonatal death, SIDS, illness, accidents, and other tragic causes. 

This has become a subject very near and dear to my heart.  After experiencing three pregnancy losses to miscarriage, I have discovered a whole world of support and encouragment from other women who have experienced that kind of loss--as well as the sufficient grace that only our Heavenly Father can offer us during these times of grieving.

I want to encourage all of you to honor any family you might know who has experienced this kind of loss by offering up a prayer on their behalf today--thanking God for the gift of each of these precious babies.  Every life is precious to the Lord. Every life has value and purpose.

For those of you who have walked this very path, I want to encourage you to become involved in ministering to other women in your area who are still battling with hopelessness and grief.  There are some wonderful online resources for you to check out: Sufficent GraceMy Forever Child, and My Very Own Angel.

For those of you who need a family to pray for today, In this Wonderful Life: Brent, Megan, and angel Cohen, Just to Keep in Touch: Mark, Emily, Wyatt, and angel Ryder, Lamberts Lately: Lambert Family and angel Baby, and The Evans Family: Mark, the late Leslie Evans, angel Marisa, and angel Mac.


Held, by Natalie Grant

Two months is too little
They let him go
They had no sudden healing
To think that providence
Would take a child from his mother
While she prays, is appalling

Who told us we'd be rescued
What has changed and
Why should we be saved from the nightmares
Were asking why this happens to us
Who have died to live, it's unfair

This is what it means to be HELD
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be HELD

This hand is bitterness
We want to taste it and
Let the hatred numb our sorrows
The wise hand opens slowly
To the lilies of the valley and tomorrow

This is what it means to be HELD
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be HELD

If hope is born of suffering
If this is only the beginning
Can we not wait, for one hour
Watching for our Savior

This is what it means to be HELD
How it feels, when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive
This is what it is to be loved and to know
That the promise was that when everything fell
We'd be HELD.

Today I'm thankful for the three little lives that I HELD, and I'm thankful for the Savior who HELD me in my darkest grieving hours--He is the same God who HOLDS me in the palm of His hand every day. 

If you are the mother to one of these sweet baby angel's please leave a comment below, because I would LOVE to pray for you and your family today.  There is something so beautiful about the way God touches a grieving mother's heart.

Thanks for taking the time to remember these angel babies with me today!

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3 comments:

Laura said...

Thank you for these precious words, Lindsi. I needed this today. I have been very bad about keeping my grieving to myself and trying to bury the pain. Trying to be better...

Jenny said...

Thank you so much Lindsi. I'm praying for u as well. Have a great girls weekend. Wish I could have been there.

The Pascua Family said...

I came across your blog from a love worth waiting for! I just loved that she did that for all us mommy's that long to hold our babies! I read your first "part 1" and I was so happy to see that the same verse (Hab 2:3)Jesus pressed into my heart 4 years ago during our infertility struggles and came to pass with the birth of our twins, He again brought back to me as we walk again through the loss and hope of another baby! I love your blog and will be praying for you way over here in California!

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