I remember the first time I heard this song when my husband bought me the Watermark CD. I cried and cried in fear that I might one day lose a child. Growing up with a mama who had 5 miscarriages instilled a pretty deep fear that it would be a reality for me one day, as well. I grew up terrified of dying, not of death because I had assurance of salvation, but of my loved ones being taken from me. I still wrestle with this fear, and now I’ve experienced it firsthand.
On the other side of losing a child, I get this song on a deeper level. You can read a cool article on Christy Nockel’s point of view of losing 2 children in miscarriage here.
After reading Christy’s powerful words and honesty, I realize that not all of us get to hold 3 children after losing a child (or children), so I want to be extra-sensitive. I ache for those of us who have empty arms reading this.
May God fill your emptiness with joy, purpose, and life. I don’t know how He will choose to do that, but I trust Him to answer that prayer. He is with our children, though we cannot be. I don’t know what it will be like when we finally get to see them face to face, but, sisters, I think about it often.
I choose to praise Him who makes all things glorious… the earth, the heavens, and our babies. Glorious defined is, “having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration.” That means that our glory babies are strikingly beautiful. There’s no surprise in that for us, is there, ladies?
When we give attention to God it’s giving Him glory. When we focus on Him and His purposes and best then we give Him glory. We can choose to give Him glory and attention even when we’re not feeling it. Even when our loss has left us confused and searching. When we focus our eyes and attention on Him, we are swept up into something greater than ourselves. We transcend our current pain and trust Him for the ceasing of that pain and loss.
My favorite Watermark song should be your next listen. It’s called “Take Me There” and it starts with “Take me there to the place where You are… I just wanna’ be where You are.” Here are the lyrics, so you can read while you listen to it!
When we choose to be where God is and not just hide out in our pain, He is our shelter. He covers us, comforts us, and gives us the strength we can’t muster on our own. Talk to Him. Ask Him to take you to the place where He is in your life (which is really… everywhere, but maybe your mind needs to change so you can grasp the reality that He is with you in your grief).
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever; May the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen. Psalm 72:18-19
My Prayer for you:
My prayer for you is that you will listen to these songs and realize God’s presence in your life means you can face anything. You have strength in Jesus and you aren’t alone.
A Prayer You Could Pray:
Dear Jesus, Sometimes I am jealous of you getting to be with my little one when I can’t. Thank You for the truth that my baby is alive with You and someday I’ll get to be with the both of you! Until then, I trust You, even when I don’t understand. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Things to Ponder, Pray, and Journal about:
- What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “glorious”?
- What would you like to say to Jesus today about this Glory Baby song, concept, or the feelings you are swimming in right now? Take some time and talk to Him.
- Who is someone in your life who needs to see something glorious today? Take some time to paint a little picture of God’s glory for that person (literally, or figuratively by taking them somewhere that reveals God’s glory… or sending them a picture).
Side Note: I originally wrote this devotional in 2016, but saw the need for it to be adapted and emboldened. I hope this new version will encourage you in a new way if you’ve already read it and empower you if this is your first time reading it! Praying for all of you as I type!