One year. It's hard to grasp that so much of my pain and sadness came just one year ago. I feel like I have spent a lifetime without my little Josiah and yet the last year has been one of tragedy and triumph in so many aspects of life. A piece of my heart left when Josiah did. The words of my doctor and friend still resonate in my dreams. "I am sorry honey. I just can't see any heartbeat." Holding my precious baby after what seemed like forever was the most bittersweet time in my life. I wish time would have stopped so that I could have held him longer. Yet I trust that I will get time to spend with him in eternity.
His precious little hands. His delicate little face. I will never forget the expression that I saw. Such a blessing and sense of peace shone through his still little face. No sadness, no pain, no fear, no hurt. The peace of our Savior and the joy of being in His presence. What else could anyone in the world ask for? Nothing. Josiah is complete. He is perfect. Even as I spent time with him all alone in that hospital room, I knew. As broken as my heart felt and as empty as I felt inside, my soul experienced peace in knowing that he was Home.
Over the past year, I have felt so many emotions come and go. Some have decided to hang around, but through it all my Lord has been steadfast and the promise of reunification with my baby is a hope I find in Jesus. I have learned to accept the pain of the past and endure the sadness in the loss and in the midst of it all, I find joy in knowing that Josiah will never experience the pain and hurt of this world. He will never experience fear as my older children do and the unending joy that he is basking in now gives me hope for the future and a sense of expectancy for my future in heaven.
As the next ten days approach and pass, my prayer is that I can find the strength to push through the sadness and as I experience the pain of the day, I hope that the Lord can help me express my feelings openly and freely with those around me. Most importantly, I pray I can shine with the joy and hope of Christ to my three children here on earth and help them understand that the hope I have is not in and of myself but through the saving grace of Jesus and the faith I have in knowing that He is all I need.