Last night at Community Group my friend Courtney told us about one of the speakers at this last weekend’s women’s retreat. Apparently several years ago she gave birth to a stillborn little baby boy and in the moments that she held him she was able to eek out, if only in a whisper, “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
That pretty much brought me to tears.
Today I was reading the Desiring God blog and this same phrase came up, so I looked up the context:
“‘And he [Job] said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” (Job 1:21-22)
It takes great faith and freedom to love your life and the people in it deeply, while not holding on so tight that you venture into idolatrous territory.
I don’t imagine this can come without some suffering. I also don’t imagine it can come without the presence of God.