The Baby Given to Women Who Miscarry

| October 15, 2015

Editors’ note: Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. For more on trusting the Lord amid the heartbreak of miscarriage, pick up Jessalyn Hutto’s book An Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb (Cruciform Press, 2015) [review]. 

Her eyes welling over with tears, my friend looked me full in the face and asked an honest question: What does the gospel have to do with my miscarriage?

The question sounded simple, but I knew the answer could be life-changing. I also knew there was nothing simple about her grief—the pain and bewildering loss that flows from having a baby stripped from your womb too soon. And I knew my empathy wouldn’t be nearly enough to mend her broken heart. She needed genuine hope for her future, and a biblical explanation for her pain.

Twice now, I’ve been her. I’ve been the one sitting in a doctor’s office staring at grainy black-and-white images of my dead baby, tears pouring down my cheeks. Twice now, as the cold news of an absent heartbeat met my ears, I’ve been plunged into the deep, wrenching grief reserved for mothers who’ve lost an unborn child. The sting of…

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