We are so grateful to Megan Coker for sharing her story with us. She has demonstrated tremendous strength and courage in the face of inconceivable heartache. I know you will be tremendously blessed.
For some reason when Ryan and I learned first Eden's diagnosis and prognosis, one of the first things someone felt the need to point out to me was that the divorce rate for bereaved parents in America is about 80%. That means that 80 out of 100 couples who lose a child get divorced.
There isn't any accommodating information to be found. Nowhere says whether the child's death was an accident, whether it was a birth defect, whether it was a terminable disease, whether one or the other was at fault. Was the child grown? Was the child born yet?
You don't know if she became cold and angry, or if he became abusive. You don't know if it's within a year of the death or twenty years later. You don't know if they tried therapy. All I can find is that 4/5 bereaved couples let their marriages crumble.
I can't remember the person who gave me this statistic, but if you're reading this and it was you, I want you to know you quietly lit a fire in my heart that day to strive for my marriage and fight for it to the end, no matter what. I don't know your motives but I hope that was one of them.
This is an awesome music video by Shane and Shane with an excerpt from John Piper's message, "The Glory of God in the Sight of Eternity." It encourages us to not lose heart in the face of suffering and it reminds us that our suffering is never meaningless. If you could use some encouragement, listen and be renewed.
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