Gut Wrenching and Beautiful

There’s a beautiful baby (Selah) who belonged to the sister of one of my new friends and fellow sem wives. Selah’s family lives in Africa. Selah was born August 30, healthy and beautiful. In the wee hours of this past Friday morning, after about a week of battling an unexpected infection and cardiac issues in the ICU, she passed away while her parents watched doctors perform CPR on her.

Just hours after, her mom wrote this:

Isa. 50:10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

This morning we entered the thick darkness. Around 6am Selah relapsed into cardiac failure and we stood at her side until her little life slipped away (6:49 am). Darkness. She fought so well.

Oh sweet Selah, goodbye. We love you. Daddy and Mommy now run to the arms that are you holding you in heaven. We walk wounded today – but will limp straight into the darkness to meet Him there.

Dear friends – thank you for your countless prayers and intercession – thank you for your encouragements – thank you for representing heaven to us here in a world still broken. We love you. I can barely read what I am writing through the tears – but there is joy even here.

Grace and Peace


Every update they have written throughout this painful journey has been permeated with praise to God and trust in His plan. What’s incredible is to watch an understanding of God’s sovereignty really play itself out practically in a heartbreaking tragedy like this. In the midst of seemingly unbearable pain, this family is not questioning God’s goodness, and is even using this tremendous trial to further His gospel. It’s gut wrenching and beautiful to observe. I pray that God is building that kind of faith and love for Him into my heart, so that one day should I face the unthinkable, I will run to Him and trust Him completely even while my heart is breaking.

Please be in prayer for this family as they begin the long, difficult grieving process. Pray that they would be comforted and that God would continue to pour out His grace to them as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Pray for my friend, Christa, her as she grieves with her sister, who’s a continent away. Pray for Selah’s older siblings. Thanks, friends!

* If you are interested in giving financially to help with the family’s medical costs, let me know and I can get you the information.

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