She was sharing their story again, one I have heard so many times and variations of in recent years, since they lost their first child and joined our group. It’s a sad story, but also one filled with love, hope and determination to build their family.

This time she compared how it feels trying to make sense of losing a baby, to what those suffering through the aftermath of a natural disaster experience, as we witness on the news and closer to home, in our towns or nearby communities.

The typhoon last week that devastated the Philippines…

The tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest on Sunday, leveling homes and destroying towns…

How do you get through something like that?

How do you survive the aftermath of such forces of nature?

Experiencing a miscarriage…

Delivering a stillborn baby…

Holding your infant as she passes away in your arms…

How do you get through something like that?

How do you survive the aftermath of such forces of nature?

For the rest of our meeting I kept thinking about that force of nature.

How it knocks us down and lifts us up…

How it takes away people, places and things we love and also gives us so much to celebrate and be thankful for…

Why?

What now?

There are so many questions and no easy answers.

We get through these times together, helping each other however we can.

We share our stories, our struggles, our hope and our support.

We take each day as it comes.

We can’t change the past or predict the future.

We try to adjust to our new normal.

We believe.

We don’t give up.

We find peace.

We carry on.

Molly's "Rain Bolt" (May 2008)

Update: I am participating in/linking up this post, for the first time, to Heather’s “Just Write” exercise/blog hop.

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