Saturday, February 10, 2007

Prayer after Miscarriage or Stillbirth

Today, my baby would have been due. By now, I'd be holding a brand new baby boy and everything would be wonderfully different.

But I had a miscarriage during the second trimester. The grief is no longer new, but today, I remember. And I urge you to realize that there are many, many women who hide the pain of miscarriage inside. You don't even know how many until you've had one.

While we held our babies in our hearts and womb, we never held them in our arms. The prayer of the week is for the families one person short because their baby died before or at birth.

Prayer After Miscarriage or Stillbirth
By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

God, we are weary and grieved. We were anticipating the birth of a child, but the promise of life was ended too soon. Our arms yearned to cradle new life, our mouths to sing soft lullabies. Our hearts ache from the emptiness and the silence. We are saddened and we are angry. We weep and we mourn. Weep with us, God, Creator of Life, for the life that could not be.

Source of healing, help us to find healing among those who care for us and those for whom we care. Shelter us under wings of love and help us to stand up again for life even as we mourn our loss.

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