Motherhood is the sacred ground. And sometimes it’s not enough to just take off our shoes. Sometimes we lay face down in the dirt of our own endeavors and weep to the God who gave our children to us.
The same God who also takes them away.
It’s sacred when he hands them to us, I know. I was just there with open hands five weeks ago.
But this weekend one of our (in)courage sisters had to give her daughter back. My mouth feels dry as dust at the thought. My throat aches. I am at a loss for words. So my friend, Deidra, lent me the ones below from her post on how we can reach through these screens that divide and do what women have always done with soup and casseroles and offers to fold laundry, clean bathrooms – we love one another in the most run-of-the-mill ways. Perhaps that’s what makes them so sacred.
On Good Friday at 7:15 PM, Heather’s daughter Emma went to be with Jesus. She had been sick, and we had been praying, and our hearts were broken when we got the news that Emma Grace had slipped away.
I know some people just don’t get it. These online friendships. But here you are. Online. And so I think that maybe you will understand me when I tell you I’ve met some of my dearest friends right here.
We do life together. We rejoice with each other and we grieve with each other. Across miles. Over oceans. To continents we may never visit. It’s a beautiful thing. Even the grieving becomes beautiful when words of comfort travel miles to reach the heart of one whose tears are all they have to give.
You might already know Heather. Maybe you follow her blog, Especially Heather. Maybe you’ve read her posts at (in)courage. Perhaps you’d been praying for Emma, too. Maybe you heard the news and dropped to your knees right along with the women who write for (in)courage. We shared our grief in a flurry of emails that mixed up our weeping and our sadness with hope and with whispers of prayer.
And maybe – like us – you wonder how you can help.
The amazing people at DaySpring have offered to sponsor a card basket for Heather and her family. We’d love it if you’d participate. You don’t have to know Heather. You don’t have to follow her blog, or mine, or anyone’s. You just have to want to help…to reach out to a mother who has lost a child.
Because DaySpring is sponsoring the card basket, you can send a card to Heather at absolutely no cost to you. DaySpring will gather up all of the cards created for Heather, package them beautifully in a basket, and deliver the card basket to Heather’s home.
To create a card for Heather’s family, click here, or use the link at the end of this post. When you checkout, use HEATHER as your coupon code, and DaySpring will pick up the tab. We’ll accept cards until midnight on Saturday, and I’m sure Heather would appreciate your prayers.
Link to Heather’s DaySpring card basket: http://bit.ly/gxC0U3
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39.