Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Our Loss is His Gain

Scripture Reading:
Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

His children are safe in the palm of His hand.
I’ve never experienced the loss of a child but I know some mothers who have.  I can’t even imagine how difficult losing a child must be, no matter in what form the child was lost from us, to outlive a child has got to be the most devastating experience.  I was recently reading a novel called “Heaven is for Real” where a 4 year old boy had a near death experience during surgery and was recalling his visit to heaven.  During his time in heaven, he met his sister whom his parents had miscarried before he was born as well as other family members who had passed.  When he had told his mom about this sister he had met in heaven his mom began to feel a peace within her because although her child didn’t make it on earth, she was alive and well in Heaven.  The mother felt reassured and reminded that the child she had never delivered she will one day meet in heaven.  The Lord loves us and although we may not always know the plans he has for our lives, we can trust that they are the best plans.  Although there may be pain and sorrow in our hearts, there is hope of a tomorrow, an eternity of peace with the ones we have lost.  I don’t know if that’s supposed to be helpful but I do claim the truth that children are His before they are ours and that even though they may not be with us, they are with Him.  How the Lord loves His children!  If we are unable to spend time with them on earth, it must be His gain because He gets to play with them up there!

Reflect in Action:
Pray for someone you know who may have lost a child.  Pray for peace, comfort, and understanding.  Pray that the Lord will continue to reveal His plans for their lives and that they will draw near to Him even though they may be angry and hurt.  If you have lost a child, commit your sorrows to the Lord and let Him heal your pain.  Let the Lord love you and trust Him to comfort you and care for the child you loss.  He loves His children.

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