Monday, November 7, 2011

Close to the Brokenhearted...

I heard a tragic story yesterday of two mothers, both of whom will bury their dearly loved children this week. One mother lost her twenty-seven year old son, engaged to be married in the Spring; the other, a young mother whose little girl was only six years old when tragedy crept in and stole her life. Both children were taken instantly, unexpectedly. For a mother forced to accept the death of her child, there are no words to describe the grief and shock.

As a mother myself, who buried a baby only five months old in the womb, I know the heartache of saying goodby before I ever wanted to. Age of the child is irrelevant to a mother at a time like this. No matter the age, infant, toddler, adult child, a mother will carry her child with her all of her life. There will always be an open wound in her heart. Part of her will always miss their voice, imagine what could have been, and long to touch and hold 'just one more time' the child that is gone forever.

Some losses are simply beyond the scope of words to describe. As women, we just know. We know when we look into your eyes that you are devastated. We pray with you. We cry with you. We hurt with you. We wrap ourselves around you, wishing we could take the pain away, and knowing, we cannot.

We lift you today to the God of All Comfort, knowing that He stands at the grave with you and weeps. May you know His constant care and the depth of His love for you - until you are home and reunited with your loved one forever.

I am attaching a video from Selah. This song was written by the mother of a child that died soon after birth. It is in the form of a lullaby to a baby. But, really, this is for any mother that is heartbroken at the loss of her child. No matter the age – every mother who loses her child grieves the loss of her baby...

Scripture Reference:  Psalm 34:18

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit..."


  1. Beautiful blog tonight, accompanied by a beautiful song. I'm sorry for your loss.

  2. Thank you, Patty. I did not know either of the mothers I wrote about. But every woman who ever bore a child knows the depth of their loss...


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