Expectant Prayers ®

Jennifer Jo Weiss

Sharing in One Another's Burdens

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." 
Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

Over the course of the past two years, I have (on occasion) heard  wonderful testimonies from women who have prayed for their unborn children.  Most of the time, the comments are simply thanking me for the wonderful blessing "Expectant Prayers" was to their pregnancy and how it empowered them to be a prayerful parent.  Once in awhile, however, I hear a testimony that speaks to ME and resonates within my spirit.  When I minister, many times... God will minister to me as well as ministering to others. 

I would like to share a testimony of one such friend who wrote me a few days ago to share her story.  I do not know her personally, but she knows my sister. I met her husband once or twice (before they were married) at my sister's church where he was a member.  When I think of this couple, I think of them in terms of military because her husband served over in Iraq.  My first recollection of him was due to prayer - as we had prayed for his safety and return home.   Due to our prayer efforts during his time of service, Sharon pretty much "adopted" this young man as a younger brother... and I have thought of him as such since then! 

This is not the typical type of story that people share because it is one of suffering.
They often say the maternity ward of the hospital is the happiest floor - it is unless you've lost a
baby.  I know by experience that miscarrige can be one of the most difficult times for a mommy.  In fact, personal experience is what brought the 'special chapter' to my book.  Her testimony was a blessing to me because it is a testimony of God's grace and power.  Listen to the heart of this message... it will bring you tears; of sorrow and hope...

"For those who are unaware, Bob and I experienced a lost that no parent wants to experience. Our coming addition passed away in the womb. I was able to give birth to my child May 23 (Friday afternoon), upon giving birth it was discovered we had a little boy, he weighed 1 ounce and measured 3 1/2 inches long. He was very precious. I was able to hold him and keep him with me throughout the night. Today after my DNC surgery to remove my placenta I was released from hospital and my husband and I were able to bury our little boy. His resting place is in a beautiful spot on my husband's parent's land. There his fragile body lays, but in heaven his soul forever rejoices with his Maker, the Creator of everything. I have so many things I want to share, so many thoughts and feelings, so many secrets from our Lord and Savior. God really does give Beauty for ashes and strength for tears. As my little boy plays in heaven, my heart will be forever filled with his presence.

I can remember many things about this day that will  be with me forever, but the thing I remember the most is when I held my baby boy and saw every body part. Not many get to see what I saw that day. Eyes, ears, nose, mouth, fingers, toes, fingernails. My son was only 13 weeks along when he passed away. We found out a week later at 14 weeks and I went through the procedure and delivered him the next day. Now after several months have passed God is laying this burden on my heart for the unborn. I don't know where God is leading me, but I know God can use my story to save other unborn babies from being destroyed. God spoke to me not to long ago while I was quietly praying to him and told me my son's birth had a purpose and he "my son" can affect so many even though he is not on this earth with us.

Thank you for sharing your story with so many, Sharon had sent me your book during this pregnancy. I feel her sending this book was a way of God preparing us in advance for our loss. After the loss I went back and read the devotional's for that week over again, and through that God really spoke peace to me. "

What a testimony not only to the sanctity of life (giving us a rare view into the perfection of a baby so delicate and young), but also the fact that God sometimes uses the worst incidents of our lives to "prove us" and bring about blessing.  I commened her desire to share the knowledge she has attained through this experience.    Also, through Christ and His redemptive work on the cross, we also have  hope that one day we will be reuinted with the little ones we have never been able to raise here on earth.    Heaven will be filled with babies who were never able (or allowed) to breathe their first breath!  

Thanks to Crystal for allowing me to post her testimony today.  If you know someone who is suffering from miscarriage, reach out and minister to them.  It's as simple as taking them to the throne of mercy and grace through our prayers.


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