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Grief and Infant Loss

We are rapidly approaching our twins’ first birthday. In just a couple weeks they will be 11 months old already. My emotions have been all over the place lately as a result. I’m excited about planning another first birthday party, but also dreading it and procrastinating even beginning because there should be two. I am amazed every single day at how far Asher has come in his short little life and thrilled to watch him grow and move past the infancy stage and the first birthday marks that moment in time, but……there should be two. So it’s just hard.

This last year has been the absolute most difficult year of my life. But it’s also been one of the most joy filled years of my life as well. How is that even possible? Bear with me a little and I’ll share with you how that’s possible.

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Missed Opportunity

Bible/TheologyMatt's Musings

I haven’t posted in a while due to an insane work schedule over the last month ands traveling this week. God has blessed me with a 4-hour layover so I thought I’d take a moment and reflect on something that’s been eating at me today. I travel semi-regularly for work and since I work with the military, I have a wide variety of people I go on these trips with from all kinds of backgrounds. Some I have quite a bit in common with and we have a rather enjoyable time together. Others…we are polar opposites and it’s a struggle for me to be likeable. I usually try to find things in common with the other person so that I can be relatable so that we have some sort of positive interaction and develop a good interpersonal relationship, even if it only lasts for the duration of that trip. As a profound introvert, this can be excruciatingly painful for me if the gap is wide. Why do I put myself throug this? I do it for the sake of the Gospel. You see, I realize that evangelism is definitely NOT one of my spiritual gifts. I also realize that this does not absolve me from the responsibility we all have to share the Gospel and do what we can to lead others to Christ. Knowing these things, I do what I can to develop relationships so that I can create opportunities to share my faith in more personally natural ways.

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It Is Well….Draw Close to Him

Grief and Infant LossSara's Space

The author of this hymn didn’t write these beautiful lyrics amidst small, trivial trials. Horatio G. Spafford knew pain. He knew loss; BIG loss. Yet, he found the strength to pen this great hymn in the middle of despair. He left behind a legacy of inspirational faith. When he wrote this song, he had just suffered immense loss-not just one child, but ALL of his children; his son to Scarlett fever and then 2 years later all 4 of his daughters to a ship wreck. He lost everything……except faith and hope.

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