IN THE FACE OF LOSS
Read Job 1: 1-21
[Job] said, “Naked I came from my mother’s
womb, and naked shall I return there; the
LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD.”
The ultrasound tech moved the wand over my abdomen.
With a concerned look on her face, she said, “I am sorry;
there is no heartbeat. The baby is gone.” My heart sank as
tears rolled down my face. I nodded that I understood, even
though I didn’t understand at all.
This loss helped me to sympathize even more with Job, a
man of great wealth with many servants, much livestock, 10
children, and high standing in his community. According to
today’s reading, Job followed God faithfully and God consid-
ered him blameless and upright. Even so, all at once Job lost
everything. In the midst of heartache, Job still had the faith
to worship. At the lowest point of his life, he fell to the ground
before God saying, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
No one understands why tragedy occurs, but it happens
to all of us. After losing my
baby, I spent many months
in heartache and prayer. In
time, I was able to accept
what had happened. At that
point I could join with Job in
saying, “Blessed be the name of the Lord” and thank God for
all the blessings I have received.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for all your blessings. Help
us to worship and acknowledge you, even when we mourn.
Sarah Lyons (Kansas)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE GRIEVING THE
DEATH OF A CHILD
— Job 1: 21 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
I will praise God in both my
sorrow and my joy.