Our story is a story about a MIRACLE. It is not the kind of miracle that is so often shared in Christian circles. We have heard stories about untreatable cancer that disappeared and of a child that was never supposed to walk or talk and is now a healthy adult. These are often the kinds of stories people share with you when you are experiencing difficult circumstances. Stories about the TRAGEDY that was avoided or the near miss that is now in the rear view mirror of life. We value these types of stories and we CELEBRATE them!
Ours was not that kind of story. Our daughter Bailey Hope was born on February 20, 2009. She died on August 13, 2010. The eighteen months in between were horrible and heart wrenching as we experienced our worst fears coming true. We were not rescued FROM heartache and tragedy.
Our miracle was that we were joined IN this journey by friends and family that gave of themselves and by our GOD who held us in unexplainable ways. This is our story. We do not share it to garner pity. There are others who have similar stories. There are so many others who have more tragic stories.
We share our story because it is impossible to talk about our beautiful daughter, without talking about our beautiful God. We must talk about our daughter. We must talk about our God. It is the MIRACLE behind the MIRACLE.
Monday, 13 August 2012
Grief and Celebration.....
Today we grieve....the life and death of our daughter, Bailey.
Today we grieve....her suffering.
Today we grieve....our suffering, and the suffering of so many who hurt with us, and for us.
Today we grieve....two years of missing her.
Today we grieve....living in a fallen world.
Praise God it doesn't end there!!!!!
Today we celebrate....that Bailey is healed, and will never hurt again.
Today we celebrate....that Bailey is in the arms of Jesus.
Today we celebrate....the gift of community, and the body of Christ. It is beautiful how so many continue to surround us, and be God's hands and feet.
Today we celebrate....that God has been, and continues to be present.
Today we celebrate....Jesus' promise, that he is coming back soon.