Thursday, February 22, 2018

Day 9: Miscarriage

"For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb."
(Psalm 139:13)

"Out of sight, out of mind," numbs us to the gravity of abortion.
    Sadly, this same dynamic leaves many to bear the grief of miscarriage alone and in silence.

While the LSB Agenda provides a wealth of materials for miscarriage (pp. 132-139),
    they often go unused because grieving parents do not know to ask.

Christian burial is appropriate even for the smallest of Christ's redeemed.
Find ways to teach this to your whole congregation. It will help them in three ways:
    1) Couples already grieving in silence
         will be given opportunity to open up and address their grief.
    2) Ministry for future miscarriages
        will be more readily sought and received.
    3) God's people
        will become more mindful of His hidden workings from the moment of conception.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, Your Son bore all our grief and carried all our sorrows. Strengthen the faith of these grieving parents and all who bear this heavy burden. Help them to rely on Your boundless mercy and to trust that their little one, who has been gathered into Your loving arms, will rise on the Last Day; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord. (LSB 553)

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