We hosted our first 5K, second annual online auction, and a professional training for medical and mental health professionals and clergy, dealing with perinatal hospice (bereavement care for families experiencing loss during pregnancy or infancy).
The reaction to these events has been largely favorable. I think of one particular training attendee who told me the training was helpful for her job, but also healing for her personally, as she had experienced a pregnancy loss as well.
She’s not the first to tell me the events have been healing.
I’ve found that simply providing people with an opportunity to outwardly acknowledge their lost babies is healing. I’m very thankful that God is using a very painful experience from our lives to provide healing for others. It’s very humbling! It’s also very healing for me.
I’m sharing this with you today for a very specific purpose. I am seeing bits of God’s plan falling into place. Losing our daughter was the most difficult, painful thing we have ever experienced, but God frequently reminded me that He had a plan through it all. We made a conscious choice to allow Him to use her story, and He is. Beauty IS coming from pain. Yes, He allowed us to hurt, but there was something so much bigger than us happening. There IS something so much bigger than us happening. He still has a plan. He always has a loving plan. Even when it hurts.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (New International Version, ©2010)
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (New International Version, ©2010)
Praise to the God of All Comfort
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.