On Friday we said our final farewells to baby Eoin. He was laid to rest in Ohio, close to the farm where jennie grew up. The midwest at this time of year has a special beauty to it, fall is in full flow and everywhere has a vibrant and colourful feel to it
His service was fairly simple and lasted just 15 minutes. Family and a few close friends were present. I had been dreading this day as we had been building towards it for the past few weeks. I had said my final goodbyes to Eoin in the hospital and didn’t want to go through those raw emotions again. In the end, I realised how important his final resting place was. There is some comfort that he is with family, next to Jennie’s grandparents and close to her grandfathers sister, Almira who died at just 2 days old. There was a special significance in that for me.
God continues to be good to us. We sense Gods presence is with us and we trust that he is looking after eoin now. We recieved additional comfort from the doctors , that there is a very low risk for future pregnancies for Jennie. The chances of the situation with Eoin repeating itself are very remote. Finally I wanted to leave you with a psalm that has meant a great deal to me over the past few weeks. Psalm 16 will be carved on Eoins memorial stone in the next few weeks.
16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight.[b]
4 The sorrows of those who run after[c] another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips.
5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.[d]
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[e] rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.[f]
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.