My heart is utterly broken for the loss that our friends’ families have been experiencing since last weekend’s surprise snow storm. Upon our arrival from our Dare2Share teen conference, we received word that a former SBC co-worker’s new bride had been killed in a snowy car accident. Just moments after hearing that devastating news, we were sent to an online newspaper article* depicting a second local accident. Another young woman–this one 37 weeks pregnant with her first child–had had her life taken after a semi truck crashed into the side of the stopped mini van. Though I only knew this couple from one encounter, I know the husband’s brother and his wife, as well as his parents quite well.
Over the last couple days, updates have been posted to facebook and Chad’s blog depicting the story of his newly born daughter, Miranda. The baby was delivered after her mother died, leaving her without a heartbeat. The team of doctors and nurses re-started her heart and put the fragile girl on a ventilator. She was also put on a body cooling treatment for the duration of her 3 day life in hopes of stopping the swelling and damage to her brain.
Last evening, Miranda Evangeline was disconnected from life support
Thousands were praying for this precious baby girl, and reading Chad’s unwavering faith in the Almighty God moves me in the very depths of my being. To be stricken with grief. To lose the one who completes you. To be the survivor. To hold your new baby girl all alone. To say goodbye to that precious gift from God so quickly. All the while praising God for his grace and his goodness. Oh, to watch as Chad sets an example of what it means to learn to be content whatever the circumstances.
My heart will keep aching, but my soul will find reason to be thankful–even in the midst of grief and loss. I am praying the same for Chad and Sara’s family.
*for a complete listing of the news articles click here.