Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In Honor of Davis

      Today I feel led to share a bit of someone else's story, which I don't often do here.  A dear friend from my Bloom group lost her baby, Davis, this weekend at 20 weeks, which is devastating.  This comes on the heels of her also losing baby Cameron at 37 weeks this past July.  As the emails came late Thursday night and Friday morning, it was clear that God was moving our group to pray.  When we all got the news that Davis had gone on to be in heaven, our hearts were broken.  The pain feels palpable, and I am a little lost in the incomprehensibility of it all.
      Bethany and Scott have a son, Ethan, who turned 3 this month.


They love the Lord, and it hurts just to see how much hurt they are going through right now.  Please stop and lift their family up in prayer.  I know that God heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3) and is our strength and portion forever (Psalm 73:26), and I am praying specifically that he surrounds them with immeasurable peace that can only come from him.
      At church this Sunday, the message was on part of Romans 8, which is my favorite chapter in the Bible.  Our pastor spoke of present sufferings and future glory.  He quoted John Stott who wrote, "So many Christians grin too much and groan too little."  That quote resonated with me, because I know in college, I had no grid for pain and did not want to experience it or touch it.  Now I know that it is an unavoidable part of life that can move our hearts to groan more for the coming of our Savior, the one who makes all things new.  I feel myself groaning.
      Ecclesiastes 3:1 - "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." Spring always reminds me that God makes things new.


Right now, we mourn and remember Davis and all the hopes and dreams that died with him.  We remember Cameron, who I am sure, celebrated Davis's heaven homecoming jubilantly, and we trust the God who will reunite them all someday.  I also look ahead and know that there will be a new season for the Allison family, and I anxiously await what good things God will bring through this.  God is so faithful to do just that.  Thanks be to God.

Much love to you, Bethany.  Davis will be forever in our hearts.


Mom Spenst said...

Praying for the Allison family. May the Lord be your strength and comfort during this time.

Elizabeth said...

I don't know Bethany, but I have been praying for their family. It's a loss that I can't make sense of, or even begin to understand. I'm praying God's sweet, sweet peace for them today.

Morgan Smith said...

i did not know that bethany had lost this baby. i am heart BROKEN for her right now. i'll always remember the words she spoke at bloom. when she said that 'heaven seemed more real' to her.... i'll always remember that. praying for her. thanks for sharing

Anna said...

This is so sweet Carol. Bethany, we love you and love all three of your boys. Praying for God's peace that passes understanding for your family