Hey friends,
I just wanted to ask you for some very specific and much needed prayers.  I learned from a friend of mine, that one of her co-workers was coming home from vacation, and her water broke at 26-weeks gestation.  The doctors tried to stop her labor, but she delivered a baby girl, who lived for 30 minutes before meeting Jesus and our precious Ireland.
My friend Megen, sent me this email, to update me on the situation:
Megen July 17 at 8:17am

I talked to ****  yesterday, but wasn’t able to see her. She is very brokenhearted, as any mother in her situation would be. Baby girl’s name is Sarah Patience. She was 14 inches at birth, with a head full of red hair, perfect little hands and feet, and long legs–according to Momma. They had her baptized, but when I asked *** what to pray for she asked that I pray that Sarah was someplace better. How frightening for her not to have the reassurance that knowing Christ brings!
I am asking for prayers for her, for the obvious reasons, but also because she does not believe that Jesus loves her and died for her. I can’t imagine the hopelessness of not being able to anticipate heaven and a reunion with her baby.  I am getting some materials together for her to help salve the hurt and heartache that come with a loss of this magnitude.  I have been blessed with so many things that have helped me grieve in appropriate and healthy ways, but I don’t think this would have been possible without my hope resting in Jesus.
So, friends pray for me that I might show her Christ through my words, and actions. Pray for her broken heart and the emptiness that consumes.  Most of all pray for her healing and for her grief to help turn her to the only One who can make her whole and ease the pain that she is experiencing.
My specific prayer for her, and really for all of us is Psalm 31.  We all go through things that are so life changing, they cause us to doubt and to wonder and to grasp for any kind of reassurance that we can hang onto.
1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.

2 Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.

3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

4 Free me from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.

5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.

6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
I trust in the LORD.

7 I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.

8 You have not handed me over to the enemy
but have set my feet in a spacious place.

9 Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and my body with grief.

10 My life is consumed by anguish
and my years by groaning;
my strength fails because of my affliction, [a]
and my bones grow weak.

11 Because of all my enemies,
I am the utter contempt of my neighbors;
I am a dread to my friends—
those who see me on the street flee from me.

12 I am forgotten by them as though I were dead;
I have become like broken pottery.

13 For I hear the slander of many;
there is terror on every side;
they conspire against me
and plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in your hands;
deliver me from my enemies
and from those who pursue me.

16 Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your unfailing love.

17 Let me not be put to shame, O LORD,
for I have cried out to you;
but let the wicked be put to shame
and lie silent in the grave. [b]

18 Let their lying lips be silenced,
for with pride and contempt
they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

19 How great is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you,
which you bestow in the sight of men
on those who take refuge in you.

20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
from the intrigues of men;
in your dwelling you keep them safe
from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the LORD,
for he showed his wonderful love to me
when I was in a besieged city.

22 In my alarm I said,
“I am cut off from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry for mercy
when I called to you for help.

23 Love the LORD, all his saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful,
but the proud he pays back in full.

24 Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the LORD.
Thanks so much for your prayers, I know that even in her grief and unbelief, she will feel us lifting her up. And I believe that God will reveal himself to her in ways that we can only imagine.
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