Do you have a friend that has lost a child? A child lost through early stages of pregnancy, late stages of pregnancy, first three weeks, first years or late in life – is a child loss. It’s beyond what my heart can comprehend.
However, one key part of friendship is empathy. I cannot say “I know” or “I’ve been there,” but I can seek to understand. I can hear her heart. I can listen. I can try to love her through every stage. I can work harder to be thoughtful and more careful with what I say and what I don’t say.
Today, my dear friend Amber is 40+ weeks pregnant which equals misery. She is ready and waiting for her baby girl to arrive. However, she has many mixed emotions – because this is her 4th child not 3rd. Her third is in heaven. Her thoughts on this painful time have really opened my eyes to those suffering in this same way.
Today, I imagine her in sitting in this amazing nursery – waiting for her baby girl. However, I have a new lens and new perspective. Thanks to her beautiful writing, I have a peak inside loss and suffering.
Please take a moment to read her PROFOUND and beautifully captured thoughts on this moment in time.
The smell of hyacinth will always remind me of the love of a dear friend who sat beside me while I sat in bed with swollen eyes and a broken heart. God makes beauty from ashes…every time.
I pray it will meet you or a friend where you are. I pray it will comfort you in some way.
I found this photo from iMOM and these verses incredibly helpful as I want to support others well.
Photo source: iMOM
Take a moment to encourage my Amber today. We’ve all been over 40 weeks and OVER IT. Some of you have been pregnant for more than a year and know her hurt well.
I love you Amber. This baby girl has the strength of her mama. I know it.