It is at this moment that a great number in our family are sharing in a time of mourning. My cousins Eric & Kelly Woolard have experienced a truly difficult time in their lives. Without going into too great of detail – Kelly was 28 weeks pregnant with twin babies – a little boy and a little girl. Last week she went into early labor (she had been on bed rest for a couple weeks). They babies were on their way and the doctors decided to take them by c-section to avoid as much trauma as possible.
Luke & Macey Woolard were born and seemed to be doing well, the family was full of joy and celebration. The family was also full of cautious optimism as the babies were only a little over 2 pounds each. Both babies were strong despite being so premature and the doctors were very positive about the situation. But then the unexpected happened and Luke took a turn for the worse over the weekend. He began to have bleeding on his brain and there was nothing really they could do. Luke passed away about Midnight on Saturday night.
As one can imagine the family has dealt with the COMPLETE spectrum of emotions in a few short days. Today it all culminates with a memorial service that is taking place right now to celebrate the few short hours of Luke’s life, while mourning the untimely passing to be at home with our Heavenly Father. We also are lifting up in prayers continually that Macey will be strong and continue to be blessed by God to grow and progress so that she can eventually go home with her family and to be loved here for a long time to come by her earthly father and mother.
I was unable to be back in NC for the service but have spent some time this morning praying for our family and reading through the powerful truths of scripture. I wanted to take a moment to share a couple passages that I desire to dwell upon and pray over our family in these tough times.
Zechariah 12:10 – 10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.
I am reminded by this passage, which is foretelling of what will happen in Jesus’ death. That God can and will pour out a “Spirit of Grace and Supplication” and that we can “look on me, the ONE they have pierced” – who is JESUS, who knows what it is to experience a tragic death. That our great God had to look down to watch His OWN FIRSTBORN SON die what many would deem a senseless death way before He should have died.
It is in this moment and from this memory we can take solace and encouragement that we DO have a Heavenly Father that knows our pain and wants us to feel His loving arms wrapping around us to provide peace when we can’t fathom why – to provide patience as we seek to understand – and to pour out compassion when our hearts feel like they are going to burst.
And it is with that understanding and firm belief in God’s goodness that I can rely on his promise that is found in Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 31:13b – I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
God is truly the ONLY ONE that will be able to take our mourning and turn it into gladness – to provide comfort and joy instead of sorrow – the same way He took the horrific nature and circumstances of His own Son’s death and turned it into the beauty that brings us eternal life! We cannot always grasp it or explain it but praise God that we will forever experience it!
While I know it will not happen immediately, and it is okay to mourn and grieve – I rest assured in the promises He has provided and will wait upon the Lord to renew all of our family’s and friend’s strength.
May Luke rest well in the arms of the very one who knit him together in his mother’s womb and may Macey have the almighty power of the GREAT PHYSICIAN poured out upon her to bring healing and strength for a long life of serving this fantastic Father for years to come!
With heavy hearts and tear-filled eyes,
We turn to the One who knows this pain.
Of a child, too soon, taken beyond the skies.
So we rest and wait in the power of YOUR Name.
Now turn our mourning into dancing and our sorrow into Joy
As we celebrate the Victory, brought by the death of YOUR own lil boy!