As a former seminary student, I have come to appreciate the Greek language. Unlike English which tends to be bland, dull and generic, Greek uses a variety of words to clearly distinguish raw emotions. For example, the term miscarriage refers to the spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus before it is viable, usually between the 12th and 28th weeks of gestation. From a scientific perspective, this is an acceptable definition. Yet, for any woman who has endured this horrific event, the English language fails to detail the emotional anguish, heart break and pain couples go through in the days that follow a miscarriage.
And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it, Ecclesiastes 12:7.
While I can’t imagine the disappointment women experience, I do have a unique connection to miscarriage. My mother’s third child was a still born, a form of miscarriage. I never met this individual who would have been my third sister. There is no logical explanation to suffice why this took place. Yet, a few years later, my parents tried one more time to have a child. I’m sure deep down my father wanted a boy to avoid being drastically outnumbered. Nonetheless, as my parents persisted, I was conceived, born during the summer of 1969.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away,” Revelation 21:4.
According to the Bible, there will be no crying in heaven. For the lost souls mothers and fathers never got the chance to meet, love and raise, they go immediately to heaven. Although this fact may not comfort those still hurting, God longs to wipe away your tears, to heal and mend your broken heart. After your period of mourning comes to an end, may God give you a spirit of perseverance to try again. If your biological clock for giving birth is coming to an end, don’t forget the miracles of Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary. May this blog serve as a means to help you overcome the pain of a miscarriage.
by Jay Mankus