A time to be born…

Reading the Word

My frame was not hidden from Thee,
When I was made in secret. . . .
Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in They book they were all written,
The days that were ordained for me
When as yet there was not one of them.

Psalm 139:15-16

Reflecting on the Word

They say it’s good for one who has lost a loved one to peer into the casket, even just
briefly. The casket lies open to help the living close the lid on their relationship with the
one who died, to help them accept with their hearts what they know in their minds—that
the life in their loved one is gone. With an early miscarriage there is no funeral no viewing, no visual aid to bring
closure to the heart. We know nothing about our baby. We have no memories to help us mourn.
There’s nothing to let go of because there was nothing to hold on to, except a dream.
There were no features we had fallen in love with, not fingers that tapered like his dad’s,
no smile like his grandma’s. No endearing ways about him, all his own. No laugh to ring
in our minds when we think of him. Not even a memory of hearing his heart flutter
through the doppler; he died too young. We don’t know anything about him, except that he was loved.

Julie Martin
A Time to Be Born

Responding to the Word

one day we will join you at the Table
and you will tell us about your life with Jesus
about the gift of love He’s given you
that will never be broken or lost

so although we will never scoot you up to our table
teach you how to blow out your candles
wipe the frosting from your face
or give you stuffed tokens
of our love
today in our hearts we will sing with the angels

happy birthday to you, dear baby
happy birthday to you

Julie Martin
A Time to Be Born


About kengire

Ken Gire has been a fulltime writer since 1981 publishing more than twenty books. His writing has earned such honours as two Gold Medallion Awards, Book-of-the-Year by Campus Life and two have been named C. S. Lewis Honour Books. He has worked with Insight for Living, co-authored 25 study guides with Chuck Swindoll and written on such diverse topics as devotional series and young adult fiction. He is currently working on a historical fiction that will be adaptable to film. Ken is also an inspiriational speaker and has founded Reflective Living, a nonprofit ministry devoted to helping individuals live more reflective lives so they may experience life more deeply. View all posts by kengire

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