As many of my loyal supporters and readers are aware, I have the privilege of speaking for various women's retreats and events. This past week I was deeply humbled to be asked to bring a word of hope and comfort to the ladies involved in an organization called The Still Remembered Project. If you are not familiar with this group, it is made up of moms who have lost their babies through miscarriage, still born, or early infant death.
When I was asked initially to speak I was overwhelmed with the invitation. I wondered what I could share that would be of comfort since I have not endured the pain of losing a child. However, I was given a word of encouragement by my dear friend who has suffered the trauma of this loss. I began praying, along with my husband, as to God's words of comfort and delivery. I realized it wasn't what I had to share, but what God desired to share through me.
Not surprisingly, I was the one blessed! As each mommy took turns telling her story about her precious bundle with tears flowing freely, sobbing as she explained her agony of not being able to wrap that child in a warm blanket and bring him or her home, I was touched to the core of my being by the Holy Spirit of God. I was reminded later by one of the participants of how Mary, the mother of Jesus, felt as she watched her son died on the cross and how God, our Heavenly Father, must have felt when He gave His Only Son to die for us. Has not our Lord, being fully God and fully human while on this earth encountered loss, hurt, pain and the agony we confront in these human bodies?
I was able to build a visual picture of how we need to strengthen our core; taking our physical core and relating it to strengthening of our spiritual core. Reminding these precious moms there is comfort in knowing their babies are safe in the arms of Jesus, each one anxiously awaiting for their mom to arrive. I pray moms crying out in anger to God realizes He loves them regardless of how they feel. Can you imagine that picture one day when those beautiful babies are handed to each mom by Jesus Himself to spend all eternity praising our Lord and Savior?
There are a lot of organizations and beautiful, hurting people out there, my friends. May God continue to expose those in need and give us wisdom, compassion, empathy and words of comfort to direct them to the only Strong Tower within whom we can find shelter and sure footing, Jesus Christ.
Please google The Still Remembered Project for additional information. What they do for those in fresh grief is amazing. Pictures are posted from this organization. If you care to support this outreach, please consider a donation or better yet, attend their annual banquet being held in April. I understand there are only a few seats remaining and they are already looking into a larger facility for next year's event. To God be the Glory!