06 May 2010

Tragic Loss

A dear friend of mine now has empty arms.

I cannot understand why the Lord has chosen to take her 7 week old infant daughter home, but He did. Last night. My heart is grieving for my friend and her husband as they face the loss of their tiny daugther, who had just begun to live.

Verses to come to mind, and I know the Lord has a plan. How do I share that with my friend who is in so much pain? Whose arms are now empty when they once held a beautiful, precious child?

We shared our pregnancy together - her due date was just days after mine. Her daughter was born the day before my son, in the same hospital. She came to visit me from her hospital room down the hall, her one day old daughter in arms.

We talked, planned, worried, prayed, anticipated together. And now her arms are empty and mine are full. What can I do? Lord, why did you take her daughter?

I know your precious daughter is in Jesus' loving arms - but I grieve for you my friend, I grieve. I have not walked in your shoes and cannot imagine how you are feeling, but I grieve for you and with you. I know you will see your daugther again, that time will pass. In that passing though, know that I am here for you. To listen, to cry with you, to help lift you up and carry you in this agonizing time.

"The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth." Psalm 145:18

Please pray for my dear friend friend and her husband and their 2 year old daughter.

~~~ In memory of Charlotte Ruth 18 Mar - 5 May 2010~~~