Today is Infant and Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day. Around the world, women and couples are lighting candles to remember the children they lost too soon.
This day is especially hard for me this year, as if my pregnancy had progressed, I would be preparing to give birth in one or two weeks. Instead, our little one was carried Home where he will never know the joys or pains of this world.
I have two heaven-bound children that I know of. Maggie Joy would be over 5 now if she were with us, and Tobin would be preparing to make his entrance.
Chances are, if you have not dealt with miscarriage yourself, you know someone who has. According to http://blightedovum.kokopuff.net/facts.html, anywhere from 25-50% of pregnancies end in miscarriage - many occurring before the mother even knew she was pregnant. 20% of women who have one miscarriage will endure a second one. Chromosomal abnormalities are the most common reason for miscarriage - this is what happened with Tobin.
If you have lost a child, my heart goes out to you. We will never understand why God called them home so soon, but one day we will embrace them fully as they escort us to meet our Heavenly Father and they will say, "Look, Mommy, Jesus and I have been waiting for you! Welcome home!"