"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." Matthew 5:4
I remember that day like it was yesterday...June 10, 1996. I was taking a summer class at college so that I could graduate in August and begin teaching that fall. My wife had a doctor's appointment that morning, and I was anxiously awaiting her phone call. She called me just as I was finishing my class and said that she was on the way to the hospital and for me to get there as soon as possible. On June 10, 1996, Hillary Noble Thomas was born. She was our first child, and we were thrilled! She had big brown eyes and dark hair and beautiful skin. I remember when the nurses would bring her in for feeding; we didn't want to let them take her back to the nursery. We just wanted to hold her and keep her...the joys of the first child:)
A few months later we found out that Hillary had a brain tumor. She had surgery on November 4, 1996, and passed away on November 6, 1996. Not a day goes by that I don't think about my daughter Hillary. My wife and I mourned her passing, as does any parent who loses a child. But we were comforted by God and the family and friends He blessed us with at the time. In Matthew 5:4, Jesus said, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." God comforted us in many ways...through the presence of the Holy Spirit, through our family, through our church. God gave me words that comforted me...words that I was even able to share with others who were hurting. I remember writing a song for her with my friend Andy Smart (that song is on the poetry page of my blog today). I still miss her today, and at times, I still find myself mourning her loss. But I have been and still am comforted by my loving and merciful God. He is my Rock, my Refuge, my Comforter. I know that I will see her again one day. God's blessings will never fade. Hillary was and still is a blessing from God that I treasure.