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Easter Brings Grieving Parents Hope
In general, most holidays can be pretty difficult to face when grieving the loss of a child. But Easter is different.
While it does not completely erase our pain, Easter brings the miraculous Truth that allows our hearts to heal and find hope in the midst of our trauma and tragedy. The Resurrection is a miracle for each one of us, and it assures grieving parents the hope of reuniting with their children again one day. I know the devastation of losing my son to SIDS. I cannot imagine the devastation I would feel if Christ had not taken my sins upon Himself and died so that I could live- in eternity- with Him and with my loved ones.
The children's choir at our church this Easter morning sang a song that dates back 139 years. Even with a new melody/arrangement, the hymn's words are powerful and timeless. I've copied the lyrics to the song below, and you can listen to Aaron Shust perform it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvBG-FVbGFs.
My Savior My God --Aaron Shust's version of Dora Greenwell's 1873 hymn
I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed; what God has planned
I only know at His right hand
Stands one who is my Savior
I take Him at His word and deed
Christ died to save me this I read
And in my heart I find the need
Of Him to be my Savior
That He would leave this place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange so once did I
Before I knew my savior
My Savior loves My Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was my God He is
My God is always gonna be
Yes living dying let me bring
My strength my solace from this spring
That He who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior
(Repeat Bridge and Chorus)
The first verse expresses well the heart of a parent who has lost a child: We DO lack the understanding of what God has willed and planned! How many times have we asked ourselves, "Why, God?! Why MY child?! Why me?! Why THIS?!" But what we DO understand and DO know as truth- is that "His ways are not our ways, nor are His thoughts our thoughts"...His sovereignty trumps the seeming chaos in our world....and, as the end of that first verse declares, our Savior stands at God's right Hand....a Savior who is alive, who is good, who is in control, who is with us always, and who welcomes us into His glorious Kingdom when we leave this earth. Even with the remaining pain and emptiness that I will feel until I see my Billy again, my heart also rejoices, actually, at the thought of where my baby Billy now is. And it shudders at the thought of where- without Christ's sacrifice- he COULD be.
Your baby is safely in the arms of Jesus. A Savior who is alive. Who is real. Who is right beside you, just as He is also with your child. Death is not an end to life when we receive the amazing love and truth of the Easter story. Christ conquered death so that we might live! John 3:16 in the Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
This Easter, attempt to grasp the incredible gift you've been given through Christ's death and resurrection. And what it means for your child and your hope of being with your baby again one day. That's how much God loves your child. And that's how much God loves you.