131. What the Bible Says About Suffering (Navigating Faith After Baby Loss) with Lacey Rabalais

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In this episode I am asking a series of difficult but important questions about God, our suffering, and navigating faith after the loss of a baby to Lacey Rabalais. She spends her days studying and writing about God’s Word and as a theologian who had also experienced the loss of a baby I knew she would be the perfect person to discuss these questions with. Many of the questions we are discussing today were submitted by you, listeners of the podcasts and or members of our free private community, The Joyful Mourning Community. These are real questions and like I said, somewhat difficult to answer in a way that might feel acceptable in the midst of heartbreak and sorrow.

Questions like:

  • Why does suffering exist?
  • Did God plan our suffering or did He just allow it?
  • How can he be good if either of those are true?
  • Is God powerful enough to heal my baby?
  • Did He just choose not to?

I know that this conversation and some topics we talk about might be hard to think about or consider and I want to encourage you by saying that’s ok -- you’re free to wrestle with the truths we present here. My hope is that as you listen, even to that which might be difficult to hear or believe, that your heart would be comforted in knowing that you are not alone and that you are loved by the God of the universe far more than you could ever comprehend or imagine. And that not only does he love you but he loves your baby too.

We do our best to bring the truth of scripture into these hard, difficult spaces but I am certain that there is more that could be said and additional conversation that would be potentially helpful. One of the best things I would recommend is to come join us in our free community -- a safe space where you are free to wrestle through your questions, anger, sadness, confusion and hurt. Find out more about our free community by heading to www.themorning.com/community . I can’t wait to meet you there.

Additionally we have pulled together our best resources about navigating faith after the loss of a baby including a free 7 day devotional and a few of the resources that are mentioned in this episode -- you can find all of those resources over at www.themorning.com/hope

Ok friends -- thank you for listening. I pray this episode grows your faith and your love for the God who loves you so much.

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