A Father’s Pain

April 11, 2009 by Audreys · Leave a Comment 

As I reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus years ago, I wonder how God must have felt when He offered His Son to die as payment for our sins.  Indescribable is the only answer I can come up with.  First because we do not have the capacity to even imagine how God works, and second because we have not experienced what He has.  We lost our daughter Katelyn, and that was the most painful thing that Scott and I have ever experienced.  I can’t even imagine what it would have been like if she suffered first.  We can rest in the comfort, though, that she never felt pain.  She opened her eyes for the first time and saw Jesus. 

I have heard many people ask “How could such a Holy God stay silent as His Son was brutally tortured, shamed, beaten, and killed?” Because He knew it was the only way the relationship would be restored between Him and all of humanity.  Sin separated us from God, but through the blood of Jesus Christ, we are offered the gift of eternal life.

John 3:16 tells it all. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

If it was not for Jesus offering His life as atonement for our sins, we would not ever be able to be restored to our Father in Heaven.  “And being found in human form, he (Jesus) humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Phil 2:8  

Every time I think of how brutally Jesus was tortured and killed, though He was (and is) pure amd innocent in spirit, tears well up in my eyes.  These tears are of shame for my sin that He bore on the cross, and tears of joy that I have been forgiven.  I would be nothing without Him.

This unconditional love of our Father is such an amazing blessing.  More and more each day I want to be more like Jesus.  I trust that He has Katelyn safe in His arms, and I no longer need to need to know why Katelyn went straight to Heaven to be cradled by Jesus, rather than growing up with Scott and me.  I rest in the peace that He is in control of our lives, and we need to trust in Him.

I recently found a verse that I now hold close to my heart as we remember Jesus’ resurrection on Easter.

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

If it was not for Jesus’ sacrifice, we would never see our precious Katelyn  again.  Through Him, we know that we will.  Crying out to Jesus for his comfort, thanking Him for each and every breath we take, and letting others know how much He has changed our lives and continues to work in us is our one desire.  Call to Him and He will give you rest.  

Praise be to our God.  Thank you Jesus for the cross.

Ways that You Can Help

December 17, 2008 by Audreys · Leave a Comment 

1. Pray that God uses us beyond our human capabilities to share His saving grace with others who are grieving the loss of an infant

2. Pray that the brokenhearted turn to God so that He will rain down His grace on them

3. Share Jesus’ unconditional love to each grieving family, whether it is a child who lost a sibling, a grandparent who is grieving for their son or daughter who lost a baby, or even other close relatives.

4. Pray for peace for those couples trying to conceive.  Pray that God grants them patience, knowing that everything happens in His time, not ours.  

5. Pray that we continue to put God’s will before our own.

6. Forward this website link www.cradledinheaven.com to anyone else you know who is grieving the loss of a child

7. Let us know if you have found any other information useful that we can add to cradledinheaven.com