Loving with a Broken Heart
Living with the echoes of a miscarriage
This post will go live on Valentine’s Day, but it could be written on any random day over the last few months.
I sat this morning, looking at my children, and my heart ached for the baby who’ll never sit in a Bumbo, a child who’ll never have chocolate smeared on her face, a little girl who will never have the chance to forget her Disney Princess lunch bag at school. Our family of five has a sixth member who we’ll never meet and, on mornings like this, the feelings of loss that have slowly faded to the background of life come rushing forward in a moment that makes me catch my breath. I miss the baby I never met.
It feels funny to write that last sentence.
(you can read more about how we’ve processed our story here: http://westcoastcm.com/?s=miscarriage)
Before our miscarriage, I could have never understood the way that losing a child hangs with you like a cloud on days like today. I never understood why parents would buy into the myth that our lost children spend the rest of our days hovering over us as guardian angels. Now I understand – there are days when it feels like there is literally something hanging over you. It’s hard to explain. If my understanding of Scripture and the historical Judeo-Christian understanding of angels didn’t get in the way of this belief, I’d consider buying in. I blame Hallmark, Precious Moments and It’s a Wonderful Life for making this belief a popular option for mourning families.
For those of us in ministry, we need to go out of our way to make room for families who will find themselves mourning the loss of a child at random times. If you’ve been impacted by the loss of a child, this isn’t news to you. However, if you’ve never suffered through a miscarriage, still birth or loss of a young child, I’d encourage you to consider keeping tabs on The STILL Project.
I’d encourage you to watch the trailer below, and to say a prayer today for families who have an empty spot at their table today that could be filled by a child they’ve had to say goodbye to.
So, today, help me leverage our loss for the greater good. God’s heart is for those who mourn (Matthew 5:4). Share this post, or the video above.
Point people toward this post: http://meredithannemiller.com/2012/01/09/the-world-has-stopped/
Or read and share this post: http://www.lauraziesel.com/2011/12/miscarriage-fertility-and-my-broken.html
Or share your story. Our communities need to speak openly about this topic.
Today, I’ll keep loving my wife and my kids, even as my heart breaks. I’ll pick up my son from school. Help coach a T-Ball team. We’ll cuddle on the sofa later and watch Charlie Brown movies together. The echoes of our miscarriage still bounce off the walls of my heart sometimes.
Thanks for listening in with me.