My friend’s daughter-in-law went for her routine prenatal exam . . . and there was no heartbeat. After praying for, celebrating, and naming their little boy, this young couple—and all of us who loved them—were confronted with a new and very different outcome than planned.
Yet, in the days that followed, I watched as that family chose over and over again to trust God, to praise Him, to commit their child to His keeping, and to embrace hope. I watched the church surround them with love and compassion, and I witnessed firsthand the peace that surpasses all understanding.
The young mother wrote on Facebook after she delivered her son:
“I’m sitting here in the quiet and stillness of this hospital room and am reflecting on God’s goodness and His sustaining grace. I am so overwhelmed! He has not only given us a peace, but allowed us to finally meet our sweet, precious baby boy. I am so grateful for every prayer that was lifted on our behalf. With your love and support from all over, and I mean ALL over this world, we wouldn’t be able to fathom smiling, much less singing His praises. But God! He has given us a perfect and WHOLE son! We prayed so long for this child, our sweet Hutch. To be able to meet him, to see his beautiful body, and to get to held him. How amazing is it to know that this isn’t the end. He and his other 2 siblings are playing together in heaven, and are just waiting on us. How glorious!
I am so thankful to have family and friends that are the real deal. They don’t just say they are praying for you, but they pray over us, they read scripture to you when you are in labor, they photograph precious memories, they sing praise songs with us in our hospital room and hallway. They fill up 2 waiting rooms and sit with us for 12 hours. Our medical team we were given, some brand new faces, some old family friends, have loved on us and prayed with us. How can I keep from singing Your name?
Although Hutch’s time with us was but an instant, he is loved by so, so many. He has impacted our lives in so many ways, and filled our hearts with so much joy! How beautiful the Father’s love is for us!
And to think, the first thing he saw when his little eyes opened was the face of Jesus.”
We just celebrated Easter this past Sunday. This young mother has taken the Easter message to heart. Yes, she grieves in her loss, but she knows that Jesus’ death and resurrection ensures:
Death is not the end
Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins, and God the Father raised Him from the dead because Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient to bring us back into right standing with God (Romans 4:25). When we believe and receive what Jesus did for us, we enter into a restored relationship with God (Romans 5:1), and we receive life, not death (John 10:10). Jesus rose from the dead, and death has no hold on Him (Romans 6:9). Since we are in Christ, death doesn’t have a hold over us either (Romans 6:5).
We have life in Jesus
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26 NASB). He says, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:40, NASB).
Jesus is alive, and those who belong to Him will live with Him for all eternity (John 14:1-3).
We have hope in the midst of our sorrow
Death has a sting. It hurts (1 Corinthians 15:55). But death has been swallowed up in the victory accomplished for us through Jesus’ sacrifice (1 Corinthians 15:54, 56-57). We have hope in our grief: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 4:14, NASB). That’s what we can confidently expect (the Biblical definition of hope).
I am very grateful for this young couple, their family, and their church, who are living out their hope in front of the world. It’s the best Easter sermon I have ever experienced.
Question: Have you entered into the resurrection hope found in Jesus? Share your story with us using the Comment link below.
Susan Jane King