Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday, Paul

One of my favorite stories is found in Genesis 45. Jacob had lost his son, Joseph, years earlier. His other sons had told him that Joseph was killed by wild beasts. It broke his heart. Then one day, his sons came back from Egypt with news. Joseph was alive! At first he did not believe them. But when they showed him proof, “the spirit of their father Jacob revived,” and he said, “Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

Four years ago, our first son, Paul Hudson, was stillborn the day before his due date. He weighed 8 lbs 15 oz, and was 21 ½ inches long. He had a large head, thick legs, big hands and feet, and was incredibly beautiful. Just hours before we held him in our arms, his heart had stopped. As we bathed him with tears, our hearts broke. Our family came from all over the country. We said goodbye. Then we laid his body in the ground.

In the past four years, God has sustained our faith and filled our home with a joy we once thought impossible. But our hearts still hurt. We still miss our son. We still wish he was here. Time and grace have healed many wounds, but not all. So this Good Friday, we look forward to the resurrection: “For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable.” Yes. My son is still alive. I will go and see him when I die.

We miss you, Paul. See you soon.


15 comments:

Jason P. Franklin said...

I want to thank you both for continuing to share this. You buys are a testament to the sustaining power of God's grace.

This week, as I have been preparing the Easter message, I have been struck anew by the promised resurrection in imperishable bodies. I also await with eager anticipation (though not in a magnitude to match your own) your reunion with Paul on that day.

May God's grace continue to abound and flow over you all.

sherry said...

I was just thinking about how Paul's birthday is on Good Friday this year. I've been thinking about your family today, and I can't wait to see you tomorrow.

Annie said...

thanks for sharing. You have been on my mind and heart as I have dwelt on the upcoming 4th birthday of Josiah. Has it really been four years? Seems like just yesterday sometimes. Thank you for reminding us of the resurrection. Sometimes in grief I forget the wonderful promise. As always - you are an encouragement and challenge for me. All my love to you Stephanie!

Kevin and Keri Sheckler said...

We look forward to meeting Paul someday. Until then we are thankful for being able to hang out and enjoy the friendship we have with his mommy, daddy, and sisters here on earth.
Thank you for continuing to be a beacon of light and hope.

Tasha said...

I was thinking of you guys yesterday and praying for you.

Kyle said...

We were talking in one of my classes about Good Friday. It is a bit of an oxymoron. Indeed it would be if there were no Resurrection Sunday! Thanks be to God though that Jesus rose from the dead and offers us the same. In an earthly sense my heart hurts that Paul is not here. But in a right heavenly sense, I am jealous that he is already walking around with our Lord. ;) Oh what I glorious reunion it will be to see our Savior face to face and our dear loved ones as well.

Kieran & Kari said...

As always, thank you for sharing your heart & faith with your readers. Your family has been in my prayers all week!

Alex and Marcella said...

I've been thinking of you all...you are in my prayers.

Roxanna Grimes said...

God is so good, especially in the empty spaces of our heart. Thanks for sharing and increasing my faith today.

Seeking His Face said...

What a blessing to know that our sons are more alive than we are! Looking forward to blessed reunions...

-Jess (Wild) Visser

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