Yesterday in Australia a little boy was born to a courageous couple. They carried their precious Nicholas "Nudge" to 38 weeks despite knowing that their joy would quickly turn to sorrow. Nudge was born with bilateral renal agenesis (his kidneys never properly developed) and passed away two hours after entering this world. During those two hours of life, his parents held him, loved him, and bathed him.

He is the second child to be buried by his parents. Please keep them in your prayers.

While I do not personally know his mother, she and I are part of the same Healing From Pregnancy Loss Forum. Women around the world who have struggled with various degrees of fertility issues, loss, and infertility are remembering this little boy. I cannot imagine the searing pain. I cannot fathom facing this set of circumstances without a firm belief and knowledge (both head and heart) of Jesus Christ. I don't have answers as to why God has allowed this to happen to them, or to the countless other women I have "met". Yet I believe God loves and aches over their pain even though they do not acknowledge Him. In my own sorrow He has proved faithful and not because He has given us a new life to look forward to, but because He is God. Yes, it's a mystery and sounds like insanity to those who do not believe (1 Corinthians 2:12-16). I pray that even this horrific experience will lead to an understanding of the gospel for them.

In the midst of those prayers, I am reminded at how precious life is. How pregnancy and birth is a miracle. It's not trite or cliche. It's an ever present reminder about how closely death lives to both body and spirit. God's love is still present in the midst of death, even unexplainable death. And the best part: His love is available to all who will receive.

"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, 
he gave the right to become children of God--
children not born of natural descent, 
nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." 
John 1:12-13

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