Recently a friend who just completed his doctorate told me that I must read, “Lament for a Son” by Nicholas Woltersorff. This book was required reading for grief counseling. I went to purchase the small simple covered book. Now, you may think, when will she ever get over loosing her child? The answer, Never! Every time I tell my story God moves in the hearts of my hearers. Just like Dr. Wolterstorff’s writings…”each death is unique as is each life”. This is a timely blog. I wept as I listened to a young mother telling the world through Fox News last evening that her daughter was still alive even though medical professionals were telling her otherwise. I recalled the early evening when the Neurosurgeon stopped me in a hallway of a hospital in Louisiana and said, you need to consider when you would like for us to remove the life support from Jonathan. No! God will decide when he leaves. I realize that family can interfere…it is our flesh and blood afterall. It is our child! But it was a good thing that God came through for me the next morning, Jonathan’s heart stopped.
Inscape! I am sort of stuck on this word. “the unique essence or inner nature of a person, place, thing, or event, especially depicted in poetry or a work of art”. Isn’t life a work of art? Isn’t death an event? Isn’t each child part of a culture. Do we still value LIFE! Or the CREATOR OF LIFE?
My thoughts and prayers are with this family. The simple operation turns rancid…Now this mother is being forced to decide a future. We need God! We need the God Creator!
Does it help to let her know, I’ve been there? It is a good thing to remember! Lamentations 3, Holy Bible, The Message, 3:19-21 “I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes…I remember it all-oh, how well I remember…the feeling of hitting bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope.”
3:22-24 “God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great, your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. 3:25-27 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quitetly hope for help from God.” 3:28-30 “When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.” 3:31 “Why? Because the Maker won’t ever walk out and fail to return.”
It is a good thing to remember. To Hope. To Trust. To Know. God will show up!