The last few weeks we have been asking for prayer that Melissa would be able to miscarry safely and naturally, and for comfort in our grief. We wanted to thank you for your prayers. The Lord has allowed the process to finally take place. In one sense this is relieving and in another it is still heartbreaking for us. Please continue praying that the God of peace would give us comfort in our mourning.
We have been grieving the death of another tiny saint these last few weeks. Grieving is never an easy thing. It feels like it gnaws at our very souls. It isn’t something that can just be cheered up. It is a death. Very real. Very poignant. It reveals that this world is still very badly broken. But we do not grieve and mourn like those without hope. We know that Christ has defeated death and one day we will taste it in full, as our tiny baby does now. We now have five very good reasons to hope in the surety of God’s promise of the resurrection. Even so, you can also pray that we would not fall to temptations of despair, unrighteous anger, or doubt.
In our afflictions, we cry out to God to show mercy. We have named this little saint Mercy Kyrie, (“Mercy, O Lord!”). Mercy has joined four older siblings in the ranks of the church triumphant. We are confident of this because God’s promises are sure.
Brothers and sisters, please grieve with us. This tiny saint is your brother or sister in the Lord.
“To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till He has mercy upon us.
upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us!“
S, M, & G
(and our little ones in heaven: C, G, P, P, & M)
Remember Your mercy, O LORD, and Your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his pleas for mercy,
and for Your own sake, O Lord, make Your face to shine upon Your sanctuary, which is desolate.
O my God, incline Your ear and hear.
Open Your eyes and see our desolations…
For we do not present our pleas before You because of our righteousness,
but because of Your great mercy.
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,
for we have had more than enough of contempt.
Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness will ever preserve me!