Two winters ago, a sweet friend learned that one of her precious twins had succumbed to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome at twenty weeks.
A year ago this month, another friend got to hold her baby girl, born extremely prematurely, for an hour, singing to her and cuddling her, before her sweet daughter passed into eternity.
Another friend lost two babies via unsuccessful embryo adoption transfer.
This past spring, another friend grieved a stillborn baby boy.
Another friend lost a baby in an ectopic pregnancy.
Numerous other friends have experienced miscarriage and loss of all kinds.
Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. For all of you out there who have known this unspeakable grief of losing a child during pregnancy or infancy, my thoughts today are of you.
"I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping. My eye wastes away because of grief, it grows weak because of all my foes. Depart from me, all you workers of evil; for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord accepts my prayers."
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me."
"The Lord is near to the broken-hearted, and saves the crushed in spirit."