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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Growing Pains

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” Hebrews 11:1

My precious niece had a miscarriage today. The pregnancy was not planned, but the baby was already loved in abundance by both my niece and the whole family. She had even been brave enough to ‘break it’ to my parents. They took it hard and cried many a tear over both my niece and that precious baby. She was about 9 weeks along.

I’m not sure what to think or say. I know I’m hurting for her and I can’t begin to image the pain she feels right now.

The well-known verse above is part of our church’s weekly reading. Not ironic, but God timed I’m certain. The first phrase really stuck in my head when I got the call about the baby.

Faith is the SUBSTANCE of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen.

Faith IS the SUBSTANCE (essence, reality) of things I hope for AND the evidence of things unseen. I can’t see where that baby is now. But I have an absolute assurance that he or she IS WITH GOD. My faith tells me so…every part of my ‘essence’ tells me so.

We all know growth comes with pain. I know my niece is in pain right now…and I know she’s growing! Her faith will grow. She has a new, albeit extremely painful, life experience that God is walking her through. She will take this day, this experience with her and it will forever be a part of her ‘testimony’ a memory to hold and cherish of the baby God gave her…for only 9 weeks.


Dawn said...

Miscarriage is always a hard journey - I haven't experienced it personally, but have certainly been through it with many young women. I am sad for all of you. Good thoughts on the verse!

Becky Wolfe said...

How very sad for her. Our first pg was miscarried but only at 5 weeks so it was early enough that we were able to just keep trying the next month, but it wasn't without its sadness. 9 weeks would have been MUCH harder & I'm sure she is hurting.
That verse is one of my personal faves that I thought of often while we were trying to conceive. Thankfully we were pregnant again the second month following that & are currently enjoying our new bundle of joy for the last 2 months!

Shalee said...

Oh, how much I'm feeling sorrow for your niece. Unplanned or not, love was abounding for the new one in her womb. Prayers that she will have faith in this unseen time. And though it helps not now, she will see her baby again in heaven.

Linda said...

My niece is weeks away from delivering an unplanned, except for God, baby. We have been through emotional roller coaster with an expected happy ending. I can't imagine the pain of losing that precious life to miscarriage.

She emailed today the they are relying on God to get them through and know He is working in their lives. I will pray your niece sees God work in her life in a very personal way. Grace to you all.