Tears of Joy and Sorrow
One friend gave birth to a little girl yesterday morning. Precious little baby of only six pounds and a few ounces. Her parents are in love with her already, as they should be. I look forward to meeting the itty bitty one.
Another friend, someone I knew way back in Connecticut, will soon be burying her 20+ year old son who was struck down and killed by a drunk driver on Tuesday night.
As one friend went into labor to deliver a child, another went into labor to mourn one. Tears of joy and sorrow. New life and tragic death.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Grant your peace, I pray, to K and A as they begin to walk the path of parenthood, of love and sorrow, of challenge and rejoicing, of sleeplessness and joyfulness. May they learn to love one another and this child in ways they have never imagined. And on the difficult days, may they fall into each other's arms and into Yours and find rest.
Grant an extra measure of Your comforting presence to R and T on the death of their son. Theirs is an anguish that is unimaginable - except for those who have gone through it. O God of all comfort, You know what it is to give up your Only Son; please show Yourself to them in unprecedented ways during these, the darkest days of their lives. Please carry them through these weeks and months and years of grief in your everlasting and omnipotent arms. They need you now more than ever.
Again, I beseech you, Merciful Savior, have mercy on them.
Indeed, have mercy on us all.
For the sake and the glory of Your Most Holy Name ~
Amen and amen.