Today my son-in-law speaks at his long-time friend’s funeral…and I think of his mom. Another friend posted a note that her ten-year-old son died 17 years ago. I think of the moms in the grief group I host who are forever missing their children who left this life either very young or even older. A mother’s heart is forever missing part of herself with the loss of a child. I “just happened” to run across this poem written by Steve, my first husband who wrote a lot about death and life…
A Mother’s Grief
In the womb of a woman a life began
And she felt the new life grow.
She put the child within God’s hands
And she loved her new child so.
As the breath of life touched his lips
She held him in her arms.
She thanked God for the gift He gave.
Please keep him safe from harm.
But as the child grew in his years
Sickness closed in on him.
As the mother realized her deepest fears,
Why had God done this to them?
As she knelt down to pray
She felt a gentle hand.
The light was brighter than the day
And beside her God did stand.
“I cry the tears just as you do
And I feel the pain you feel.
Though your child’s life here is almost through
My love for him is real.”
“You see I do not take him from you
For the bond you have can’t break.
As I say these words are true,
I save him from the snakes.”
“Yes, by My side he’ll walk today
And his pain will be no more.
In My arms, he’ll find his way
To the road to heaven’s door.”
“I also say he’s in your heart
And beside you he will be.
Just as he was when his life did start…
Now he walks beside of Me.”
“There will come a day when you’ll touch again
And you’ll hold him to your breast
For your child is only with a friend.
He did not die, he only rests.”
By Steven D. Hall
God’s love for us is described in Isaiah 49:15: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”