Sunday June 21, 2009

Scripture says in Ecclesiastes that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” ~ right now we weep and mourn, and we ask you to pray with us that we will be blessed with grace to laugh and dance.
May our good Lord and King have mercy upon us.

Today our fourth child, Promise Anastasis, has joined two older siblings in the ranks of heaven. Our hearts grieve heavily for the loss of our baby, and we look to our Heavenly Father for comfort in trial & hope for the future.

Promise ~ Acts 2:39 “For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.
Anastasis (Greek for Resurrection) ~ John 11:25-26 “Jesus said…  ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.’

Please weep, mourn, and pray with us. And may we look ahead together with eyes of faith to the promise God has given us of the inheritance waiting in heaven for us.

1 Peter 1:3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Soli Deo gloria,
S & M & G

4 Replies to “Sunday June 21, 2009”

  1. My heart, prayers, and thoughts go out to you all. I am so sorry for your loss. I am weeping with you and I’m praying for the day I can rejoice with you.

  2. Thanks Holly. I was just behind you again this time, and so excited to be due around the same time for the second time!
    But God is good, and He is sovereignly controlling our lives. And the lives of all of our children.
    Even now, God is orchestrating some future hope for us, as we have been referred to a specialist. We are praying for God to bless us mercifully with some answers in His timing. Thank you again. Our hearts ache deeply.

  3. Oh, Melissa, I just saw this… and now my heart is aching for you. I had been praying and hoping that God would bless you with another baby here on earth and now I see He has taken the baby home to Heaven already. *hugs*

    I can’t imagine what it must be like to go through the emptiness yet again….

    *cries*

    I am praying and hoping continually with you all.

    Your precious baby’s name is beautiful.

    Love,
    Samantha

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