Susannah was born. Today would have been her 5th birthday.
Nathan and Melanie desired children since they were married. Year after year went by, and no pregnancy. Imagine their delight when, on Melanie’s birthday (early September) in 2006, they found out she was expecting. They were on a little trip, enjoying God’s creation in the mountains of Colorado. Melanie went through a difficult pregnancy, with bed rest part way through and other issues. But, as time went on, it was apparent Baby Max (a nickname, we didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl) was coming sooner rather than later. At the hospital, all throughout labor, Baby Max was carefully monitored, and everything appeared fine. Sweet Susannah was born in the evening, with a team from the NICU on hand to help. Yet, something was wrong. She wasn’t moving nor could she even open her eyes. Totally still.
At first, there was hope. Surely she would start to move, but as the hours ticked by, and doctor after doctor, came through, it was apparent she was only going to be with us for a short time. Finally, on Saturday, Susannah slipped peacefully from her Mommy’s arms straight to the arms of Jesus. It broke all of our hearts. Many, many tears were shed. During that time of grief, this section from Job was especially meaningful: “… the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Amen.
It is so true. We are so blessed, and the reality is, Susannah just went home to be with Jesus a little ahead of the rest of us. It is a sure thing that each one of us will die. That is a non-optional part of life. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) I plead with those of you who are reading this who do not know the Lord as your Savior. Please don’t put off giving your life to Him. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10) And, then, this verse from 1 Peter 2:7: “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner.”
Nathan and Melanie, amidst their intense grief — their empty arms, their empty nursery, and their quiet house, all signs of what they were missing — bore it well, and allowed the trial to be used in their lives in a precious way. Fourteen months later, Susannah’s sister, Abigail, was born.
We know many of you have lost babies, and some very recently. Our hearts grieve with you. Life is precious. Life is also short. May we not take even one day for granted.
Susannah was beautiful with dark, curly hair. When Bethany was a baby, several of us thought that they would have looked very similar. Psalms 139:14: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Please click the link (picture) below to be taken to Susannah’s slideshow of her short time here on earth. We’d love to re-record the music at some point, but for now, we will leave you with what was originally done.
Thank you for your prayer support for Nathan and Melanie during her difficult pregnancy, the days we had with Susannah, and then for them as they grieved their loss. Thank you for continuing to pray for them with the newest one on the way. Things are going relatively well at the moment. Melanie had a day of contractions about 10 days ago, but they are very thankful that they subsided. She is now almost 28 weeks.
“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”