Miscarriage: Finding Hope, Longing for Reunion
Last year when I shared a blog about miscarriage, the response from those who could identify with what the author shared was overwhelming. As I said then, I strongly believe that those going through the loss of a child by miscarriage need to be told it’s okay to grieve, knowing they’ve been parted from their real child in a heartbreaking way.
Someone recently shared this extraordinary blog with me, which includes pictures of a precious 14-week-old baby and a story of heartache and hope in Christ:
I had a baby last Tuesday.
There was no pushing.
No first cry.
I had a baby last Tuesday, 174 days too early.
For most of us, the list of people we’re longing for reunion with is lengthy. But those who have lost a child, either before or after birth, have one more compelling reason to long for Heaven. Peter tells us, “You will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11).
God is the main one who will welcome us, no doubt, but I think there will be a welcoming committee with Him. All our eyes will be on Jesus, the Cosmic Center, the Source of all Happiness, but then we’ll meet person after person who has gone before us, those who touched our lives and those whose lives we’ve touched. Glorious reunions, and amazing introductions, conversations and story-telling at banquet tables, jaws dropping and laughter long and hard, the laughter of Jesus being the most contagious. Children and grandchildren lost in miscarriages will not remain lost to God’s people—we will find them and be joined with them in the presence of Jesus.
Once reunited with these precious children, we’ll never be parted again. And in the resurrection, on the New Earth, I wonder if God may allow those children taken so young to grow up with their parents and grandparents, in a world of endless wonder and adventure, yet complete safety. Imagine what it would be like to unite with these children in a land with “no more curse” (Revelation 22:3), no disease, accidents or crime. And where we’re told “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21:4-5)
I have no direct biblical grounds for what I’m envisioning, but I am convinced it would be just like God to grant such a wonderful gift to His children who were parted from their children in this life.
“Happy are people who grieve, because they will be made glad” (Matthew 5:4, Common English Bible).