We live in a fallen world. People sin and people die. Yes, death and sin are still buzzing around but they are in their death throws. Because I belong to Jesus, neither death nor sin have power over me. By God’s grace, I can flee sin and pursue holiness. I still sin, but I am … Continue reading Death Loses
"When sorrow comes under the power of Divine grace, it works out a manifold ministry in our lives. Sorrow reveals unknown depths in the soul, and unknown capabilities of experience and service. Gay, trifling people are always shallow, and never suspect the little meannesses in their nature. Sorrow is God’s ploughshare that turns up the … Continue reading Sorrow, God’s Plowshare
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. Ecclesiastes 7:3 When you are sitting there alone and you are weeping, and the longing for your child is a thick and expanding heaviness in your chest threatening to erupt from your throat in silent, choking grief. When … Continue reading Walk, Don’t Run.
And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and … Continue reading Blessed
I have begun putting some of Hans' photographs on one page for easy access. Here's the link: AlaskaPhotosByHans
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. Ecclesiastes 7:1 A believer's last day is his best day! His dying-day is better than his birthday! This is a very sweet and useful truth to all believers. Death is a change of place. When a … Continue reading Death is a Change of Place
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:28 The Fishing Photos When our children were … Continue reading Gone Fishing
J.R. Miller (1840 - 1912), 'Morning Thoughts' And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison... Mark 6:27 Jesus knows how His followers can best serve Him. He sent the apostles out to teach and heal. John the Baptist, however, He … Continue reading An Untimely Death?
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7 George … Continue reading “The Altar” by George Herbert
I have begun putting together a resource page consisting mostly of books I have found to be helpful in my own loss experience. Here's the link to the new page: youcantrusthim.com/resources
Nothing cheery about this rather long poem and some thoughts here may not be strictly biblical but I love how the words are put together to describe the depth and complexity of the pain of child loss. "Do not be irritated that I am like this, O my God! this wound bled for so long! … Continue reading Inconsolable: “A Villequier” by Victor Hugo
The days and weeks leading up to The Day that forever marks the death of our child can be difficult. For some, the anticipation is far worse than the actual day, with the first anniversary usually being the hardest, but not always. Many parents fear the one year anniversary day will be as horrendous as … Continue reading Dreading the Anniversaries
Initially, the pain of child loss is so severe, that it is easy to wonder if it is survivable. Many women say they know, if it happened to them, they could not survive it. I want to tell them: Yes, you can. If I can, you can. We just have to. But here is something … Continue reading Re-Post: Survival is the Starting Point
...having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Philippians 1:23 "Death, to the believer, is but passing out of a world of sorrow and of sin — and entering upon a world of indescribable glory! If we lived more in anticipation of the happiness that waits us — … Continue reading Anticipation
If I forget, yet God remembers. If these hands of mine cease from their clinging, Yet the hands divine hold me so firmly, I cannot fall. And if sometimes I am too tired to call for Him to help me, Then He reads the prayer unspoken in my heart and lifts my care. I dare … Continue reading God, Thou Art Love