I just stared at her picture.
Her beautiful profile in the sonogram photo matched her big brother’s ultrasound picture. Seeing the family resemblance, I just could not take my eyes off her precious face.
Sadly, I never got to see her sweet face in person or hold her in my arms here on Earth. She passed away before I ever got to meet her.
To parents who have lost a baby, I see you. I am one of you.
Feeling devastated when the doctor could not find my baby’s heartbeat at 16 weeks pregnant, all my hope and dreams for my baby were gone in an instant. Can you relate?
I cried most of that summer as I found it hard to say goodbye before I even got to say hello. Grieving the loss of our sweet Baby Grace was challenging and at times, even hopeless.
All that changed one year later when I received a phone call from a college friend. She shared about a church friend that just walked through the same heartbreaking loss I had the previous summer. She wanted to know if I would talk to her and help her.
I said yes, not fully understanding how much healing would come from helping another hurting heart.
As I shared my story of Baby Grace, I offered this grieving mom comfort and hope. I reminded her that she was not alone. I realized now that I would not have been able to help her in her grief without having walked those same painful steps one year before.
That summer, God clearly showed me that He never wastes our hurts.
My story of miscarriage helped another mom walking through her story of miscarriage. My tears became my testimony. My pain now had a purpose. God wants to do the same for you.
When you place your tears in God’s hands, He can use your heartbreak to bring hope to another hurting heart.
Yesterday, Oct. 15th was National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Join me in remembering all those who have walked this difficult loss and let’s pray for all the grieving moms.
Note: In honor of this special day, I have a two-part episode on pregnancy loss on my Depth podcast. My hope is to encourage someone walking through this heartbreaking loss.
Click on the link to the apple podcast below or go to jodirosser.com and click on the Depth image. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/depth-podcast/id1477636973