During the past week, my wife and I have lost a part of our family. My wife should’ve been starting the second trimester of this pregnancy, instead we are faced with the loss of a child. A child we will never hold or hear from. A child who will never cry and wake us up at night. Instead, at times, the crying keeps us up at night.
We have some incredible friends and family that have supported us through this trying time. Even though we have been somewhat in waiting, for the past three plus weeks after our initial ultrasound, I think the thought of miscarriage remained kind of surreal until it actually happened last monday evening. I’ve struggled to put thoughts together and have the necessary words to comfort my wife. We have consistently turned to scripture for comfort and God has given us incredible hope and peace.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voices of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
We have great hope in God, because He is just. We know that life began at conception and the soul of our little baby lives on, and we look forward to meeting him/her in the air with the Lord.
I have always loved the taste of Dr. Pepper. It was always nice to pop open a cold one after a hot & humid summer night of a high school baseball game. Throughout my high school years, it was loosely my favorite beverage, but I think in college is where it became my drink of choice. I would try to ensure that I was stocked up with this favorite beverage of mine, but other drinks would sometimes do if I occasionally ran out. There came a time when my wife and I gave up pop / caffeine, but after entering the working world full-time, it didn’t take long for me to develop my morning “Dr.Pepper” in place of coffee. I have never been a coffee drinker, for some reason I must have missed that course in college. For me I’d much rather pop open an ice cold Dr. Pepper for that extra pep to get me through the morning. So publicly, through this blog, I am expressing my love for Dr. Pepper.
Dr. Pepper…how do I love thee
With the recent flooding and destructive tornados in Central & Eastern Iowa, I thought it would be an appropriate topic for a post.
I have always been fascinated by the weather…
…I remember as a young child standing at the front door of my family’s old farm house with my Dad watching the storms roll in accross the corn or soybean fields from the west.
…I remember being part of a TAG class in middle school where I was able to do an independent research project, and I chose to do it on the weather. I spent a couple months, or however long the class was, researching different aspects of the weather. I distinctly remember just how unpredictable the weather patterns seemed to be: droughts, floods, thunderstorms, hail, tornados, blizzards. I mean sure the weathermen/women are able to use their forecast models to get an estimate of what the storms may do, but they always seems to fall back on the “unpredictability of mother nature”.
I am not a fan of the term “mother nature”, even though it’s a phrase I find myself using every once in a while. I feel like it’s the world’s way of trying to eliminate the thought of an almighty, creator God who is in control of the universe. I take great comfort in the knowledge that we have an omnipotent, omniscient God who is concerned about the daily affairs of men and women.
God, in his sovereignty, was not surprised or confused about the flooding or devastating tornados that have hit Central & Eastern Iowa. I am thankful that God often uses things that look destined for destruction and despair to bring real hope and real life into the lives of people throughout this earth. May God work mightily in the lives of people who have been affected by the storms. May He bring about grace and hope in their lives!