“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:21-23
Tomorrow marks Mercy’s second birthday. For those who do not know, Mercy is our daughter who died 15 minutes before delivery on January 23rd, 2015. We found out at our 20 week appointment that our girl had trisomy 13. As we reflect on the time leading up to our beloved girl’s delivery, death, and birth; we are sweetly overwhelmed by the steadfast love of the LORD. We are called today, as we are every day, to remember his works, and his great faithfulness to us every morning.
To “remember” is to call to one’s own mind. It is good for the soul to remember all the Lord has done. To remember, rejoice, and overflow in thanksgiving upon how our sovereign God works in adversity. Today our family has found ourselves in a new, and in some ways deeper season of adversity. And so, it is good for our soul to remember how faithful he was to us in our loss of baby Mercy. We were showered with love through all the meals, the visits, the calls, the gifts, and the prayers. Numerous times, even times when despair knocked our door down; a verse, a song, or a text message shined hope into our feeble and shaky souls. Remembering today the steadfast love of the Lord causes new mercies to flow from grace through pain.
Hebrews 13:15 reminds us to “continually offer up the sacrifice of praise to God”. Sometimes, especially during times of adversity, giving thanks to God is a sacrifice. When the soul becomes clouded in the darkness of despair; it is at that point a thankful spirit feels an eternity away. Yet it is precisely during these dark times we must sacrifice our despairing thoughts on the alter of thanksgiving.
Today we remember Mercy. We rejoice this day in our sufferings, and offer up the sacrifice of thanksgiving to God for the brief moment of time we had with our daughter. We never knew one another face to face. And even now we know dimly of the sustaining grace, and future blessing Jesus has in store for our family. But we rejoice in hope of seeing the glory of God reflected upon every molecule in heaven. We rejoice in hope of that day when we will know in full, and see perfectly clear, that Jesus always has, and always will be for us and not against us.
We call this to mind, and therefore we have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new this, and every morning; great is his faithfulness! Happy Birthday Mercy! Your family misses you, loves you, and eagerly hopes through Christ to see you again soon. Even now, come Lord Jesus, come.
Scott & Karie David