For us Valentines Day isn't much about chocolate ( of which I love) or mushy love songs. This day serves as a reminder of a blessing that is missing from our family in this earthly life. On February 14, 2002 my husband and I excitedly went off to the ultrasound clinic to meet our second child. It is a day forever etched in my mind and a day that changed life as we knew it forever. They told us the baby in my womb was "incompatible with life" and that he would not survive long outside of my body. One of the clearest memories is the feeling of not being able to breathe on the inside. My body continued to take in air but my heart, my soul felt like it was suffocating.
So today as people receive flowers and chocolate we remember the little life that God blessed us with for a very short time. What a gift and grief it has been. What treasures these memories are though laced with sorrow. We love and miss you Jonah....yet we grieve with hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.