An Ember of Faith for the Empty

March 9, 2012 in Five Minute Friday

Around here we link up with Gypsy Mama and write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids. On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us?

She carried him for 7 months. And then wham…a new diagnosis. Doctor appointments with specialists, uncertainty. The baby…if he is born alive, might live a day, maybe 3 months. How does she move at all?How is she not a puddle of herself?

In the last weeks of the pregnancy, she knew the life was gone. Knew that  God had taken her boy. But she had to wait for the body to go into labor, wait for the shell to be delivered. And I watched her, cried for her. Wishing I could fill her emptiness I just prayed, knowing I had nothing that could fill her.

In a real-life cup filling, I watched her faith. Like an ember that would not go out, it kept glowing and eventually burning.  God, He filled her. Gave her His strength to put one foot in front of the other. Strength to keep talking, to keep caring, to keep living. Confronted with the loss of life, her faith burned in a testimony to His completeness. And now that faith, its sparks have landed in the hearts of those who watched and we all remember His faithfulness.


After my  5 minutes of writing, I wondered if I used ember correctly, here is the beginning of the entry of ember in Wikipedia,  “An ember is a glowing, hot coal made of greatly heated wood, or coal, or other carbon-based material that remain after, or sometimes precede a fire. Embers can glow very hot, sometimes as hot as the fire which created them. They radiate a substantial amount of heat long after the fire has been extinguished, and if not taken care of properly can rekindle a fire that is thought to be completely extinguished and can pose a fire hazard.”

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Jen Ferguson March 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm

There is something so incredible about how God lifts us up out of ashes. I’ve been so amazed at how people can walk through such incredible feats and wonder how they do it. It is truly God who sustains beyond our imagination.


Sylvia R @ the Sylvr Pen March 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Beautiful tribute to God, a friend, and faith. He fills the emptiness as no one else can, and it does amaze.


Brown Paper and Strings March 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Wow, beautiful. Glad you shared this picture with us!


Kim March 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Such strong faith humbles me, and I pray that when it is my turn to walk through a dark valley, I remember women like this, and how God is so good and faithful to us all if we are just willing to hang on until he carries us back into the light.

Thank you for sharing this story.


Chasity Cole March 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Beautiful. Your telling of the story, as well as her faith. Simply beautiful.


Beck Gambill March 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Powerful post! I’m in awe of a God so gracious as to give us his own life to live when ours is all used up and worthless! Thank you for sharing such a precious story!


Kerri (a simple princess) March 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

A truly beautiful testament of God’s love and faithfulness shown through the heart of this woman. Even when faced with loss and heartache, she leaned on nothing less than her Savior, her Healer, her Friend. Oh to have faith this strong!
Blessings and thank you for sharing!


Sherrey March 9, 2012 at 11:59 pm

A post filled with the power of God’s goodness in bringing goodness out of the ashes! How often we forget to look for that last glowing ember — I believe you used “ember” very well. Looking forward to following along with you and seeing more of you on Fridays.


Brandy March 10, 2012 at 2:24 am

so BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing! SO glad to have found your blog


Carrie March 10, 2012 at 2:50 am

Oh, what a lovely testimonial post…brought back my own memories. I lost our fourth child early in the first trimester and chose for the miscarriage to begin naturally. I cannot imagine losing a child in the seventh month – heartbreaking. It’s wonderful to meet you and I’ll certainly return to take a look around as I have three girls at home 🙂


Michele {A Life Surrendered} March 10, 2012 at 3:55 am

This is poignant… yet beautiful… I think that the beauty that stands out to me is yours… and your heart and compassion for another… and being faithful in walking out the imperative… weep with those who weep…

I love your heart here… and my heart breaks for who you speak so beautifully of.. thank you for sharing her faith with us…


Kimberly March 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

This breaks my heart, but knowing that God can and does fill us in the most difficult circumstances, shows me that He knows how to bind those broken hearts as well.

Thanks for popping in on my blog for Friday’s Five. Hope to see you there again!


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