Few things in life are more painful than losing a child. The bond between mother, father and child is indelible—and it forms long before the baby is born. Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose own son, Doud, died at age three, said, “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never go back to the way they were.”
The father who wrote the “Letter from Dad” speaks eloquently about the fact that his son’s short life will impact him and his wife for the rest of their days.
And yet, this grieving couple also finds hope in the midst of mourning. Why? Because they understand that their precious son, who only lived a few moments after being born, is significant. Their child—and every child—is a blessing that points directly to the face of the Creator. In a very real sense, the relationship between father, mother and child reflects the communion and relationship of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Our Heavenly Father reminds us in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” Our worth does not come from our accomplishments, or even the length or “quality” of our life. Our value in God’s eyes is not dependent on the circumstances of our conception, or whether or not we were “wanted” by our parents. Every child’s value comes from being uniquely created by God, through the union of a father and mother, to reflect His image in the world.