Monday, 21 February 2011
Knitted Together In The Mother's Womb
So, my thoughts wandered off and I found myself thinking about another actress, Amanda Holden. As I read the magazine I sat with tears in my eyes, wondering how on earth she was coping with the devastation of her recent stillbirth. The joy she had felt at reaching over 30 weeks pregnancy after having a late miscarriage last year, her relief at knowing she'd gone beyond what is normally considered the dangerous phase. Feeling confident enough to break news to the world she had less than three months to go before her beautiful child would be with her. Then to face the utter devastation of her child dying and having to endure the awful distress and cruelty of having to deliver that child into the world. I couldn't even begin to fathom how it felt.
On Sunday 13th March, Reading Family Church are holding a Thanksgiving Service for children recently born in the church. Children are so precious, moreso than we at times admit. They are a gift from God - each and every one and they are miracles. They are miracles of His perfect creation and each one is unique, formed by Him in the womb and known by Him before we even know we're expecting them. On that day, even though my children are no longer babies I know I will be thanking Him for each one of them. Thanking Him for four healthy pregnancies, four relatively easy labours and four little lives entrusted to me and Andy.