Words of Comfort

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance.”

Ecclesiates 3:1-4, New International Version

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“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the Lord has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.”

Isaiah 61:3, New Living Translation

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“May the Holy One who blessed our mothers

Sarah, Rebeccah, Rachel, and Leah,

bless and protect {NewDotMom}.

May the wounds she has suffered,

both physical and emotional,

soon be healed.

May she find comfort in knowing

that You, O God, weep with her.

May the Source of Life,

the Creator of all flesh,

restore her body to its rhythyms

and her soul to its songs of joy.

As she and {NewDotDad} stand before You

help them to move forward

to feel the pain,

acknowledge the loss

and move forward.

May all of us here be committed to living

always aware that we are created in Your image,

by caring, supporting, and loving one another

in times of pain as well as in times of joy.

As we have wept together,

so may we soon gather to rejoice together.

And let us all say

Amen.”

~by Rabbi Diane Cohen, used with permission in

A Silent Sorrow. Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and Your Family, by Ingrid Kohn, MSW, and Perry-Lynn Moffitt, with Isabelle A. Wilkins, MD

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“Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 5:4, King James Version

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2 Responses to Words of Comfort

  1. An Ordinary Mom says:

    Isaiah 61:3 has always been one of my favorite scriptures. It brings so much comfort to my life to know that one day all my “ashes” will become beautiful.

    Hang in there, you are strong and you can handle this!

  2. MarillaAnne says:

    ok i’m totally off with hitting the right link to get to your most current post … trust me it’s all about me. So …

    The poem/prayer from Rabbi Cohen is beautiful. It is everything I would pray for you.

    This is going to sound kind of contrary to some popular advice … but like i’ve said before … let the tears fall and let the laughter roll. It’s all good.

    hugs,
    pam

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