This morning, as I checked my Google Reader in usual fashion, I happened upon an update from Molly Piper.
And I couldn’t. Stop. Crying.
If you are a Protestant Christian living in America, there is a very good chance that you are familiar with John Piper. One of the most respected preachers and authors of our generation, there is not one church I’ve attended that holds his ministry and servanthood in high regard. I often check his website, Desiring God, for inspiration as well as answers when struggling with my faith.
Molly Piper is John Piper’s daughter-in-law; more specifically, she is the wife of his son Abraham.
I first discovered Molly’s blog after suffering my own miscarriage. A miscarriage and infant loss support group for Christians had linked to her blog for inspiration. Molly had delivered a stillborn baby girl, Felicity, on September 22, 2007 — just three days before her due date.
I, and thousands of mothers who have experienced a loss, took much solace in Molly’s words. It’s easy to find tons of spiritual help on the web for those who are grieving the loss of their children, but I’ve found that the online support is not as far-reaching for Christians.
I found what I needed in Molly’s blog, and cried thousands of tears as I read through her archives.
Since losing Felicity, Molly has given birth to a healthy boy — Morrow — but she admits that the void left by the loss of a baby will never be completely filled. However, she thought that having a daughter might “round out” the grieving. “Not finalize it, but complete it in a way, if that makes any sense.”
Back in January, Molly joyously announced another pregnancy.
And yesterday, she discovered she is having TWINS…and they’re both girls!
I couldn’t help but weep tears of joy at the news. I have never met Molly, and I’ve only left the occasional comment on her blog, so nothing could prepare me for the joy and excitement at her news.
If this is not an example of God working through grief to reveal love and triumph, I don’t know what is.
Congratulations to the Pipers, and praise God!