Friday, August 17, 2012

Isaiah's Day

Today is the day our Baby Boy was due.

Just that sentence was difficult to write. Because he should be here or on his way. But he's not.

The Bible doesn't say a lot about what happens to babies who die. Most of us cling to the passage in 2 Samuel 12:21-23 where King David talks about seeing his own infant son one day.

So there's not a lot of definitive doctrine to fall back on.

That leaves me falling on the grace of God the Father.

Which is, of course, more than enough.
Isaiah 44:24: Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
There's more than one reason why we named our lost son Isaiah. The name Isaiah means "God is my Salvation." The book Isaiah has some of the most beautiful passages in all the Bible, passages about God wiping away tears and a Messiah who would come as a Lamb.
Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar.
The LORD called me from the womb,from the body of my mother he named my name.
That's what I depend on when I just can't understand why my baby died.
Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
As I read in the days after our miscarriage, frantically searching through what comfort books could offer, I happened upon a handbook for pastors written by W.A. Criswell. He quoted a poem by an unknown author, a poem that is a little too sentimental for current tastes, a poem that wouldn't, likely, touch you, unless you happened to be one of those mothers hiding the loss of a child "deep in their hearts alone."

Criswell also shared this thought about the death of babies and children in his handbook for pastors:
In heaven the little life God began down here will bloom in full beauty and glory up there.
It reminded me of a favorite passage from one of my favorite Anne books:
"Oh--dreams," sighed Anne. "I can't dream now, Captain Jim--I'm done with dreams."

"Oh, no, you're not, Mistress Blythe--oh, no, you're not," said Captain Jim meditatively. "I know how you feel jest now--but if you keep on living you'll get glad again, and the first thing you know you'll be dreaming again--thank the good Lord for it! If it wasn't for our dreams they might as well bury us. How'd we stand living if it wasn't for our dream of immortality? And that's a dream that's bound to come true, Mistress Blythe. You'll see your little Joyce again some day."

"But she won't be my baby," said Anne, with trembling lips. "Oh, she may be, as Longfellow says, `a fair maiden clothed with celestial grace'--but she'll be a stranger to me."

"God will manage better'n that, I believe," said Captain Jim.
excerpt from Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
I know it's dangerous to build a philosophy on quotations from a book but this one is held up by the Bible: God will manage better than that.

If you would like to join us in honoring the brief life of Isaiah, we ask that you would contribute to your local Crisis Pregnancy Center or your favorite pro-life organization in his honor. Because Isaiah is a real person. He has a real name. His existence has purpose. Thank you for helping us honor him and his Creator.

6 comments:

MacKenzie said...

Hugs and prayers for you today.

And yes, when life gets hard and theology gets murky, it is so reassuring to remember that God will manage better than that.

VanderbiltWife said...

I'm so sorry, Karen. I do believe the lost babies are in heaven, for God knows us before we were born. Have you read Heaven Is for Real?

Elisabeth said...

Praying for you today! ((((Hugs))))

Elisabeth said...

BTW, Isaiah is better off than any of us down here.

Kris said...

Saying a prayer and thinking about you today on his day.

Amy said...

I've been wondering lately if his due date was close. Praying for you. (((HUGS)))

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