Prophecy, Faithfulness, Miscarriage, & Christmas

Malaki with the DaffodilsThis year while we’ve been doing (a very easy version of) Advent, I have been noticing how prophecy is always tied to God’s faithfulness. Malaki, Cora and I enjoyed a treasure hunt (sent to us by a dear friend) to remind us of how the stories (clues) of the Old Testament all point us to the treasure of Jesus. Prophecies come to pass because God is faithful.

Mary and Joseph both witnessed the prophecy firsthand. They heard the angel, then they had to live the story. I wonder if they had to keep reminding themselves that their helpless child was the promised savior. If it was me, I think I would have to remind myself every single day. And they could see it happening right before their eyes.

The week before Thanksgiving, 2006, Brian and I found out we were expecting our first child. We were thoroughly excited. We decided to do the responsible thing and not tell anyone until our first appointment. So, when we found out the week before Christmas that our child’s heart was not beating, no one knew how to comfort us. They hadn’t been on the journey with us, so it was a very, very lonely time of grieving.

And yet, God was faithful.

I would never get to hold my baby.
But God was faithful.

We wouldn’t get to name our baby, or even know what gender it was.
But God was faithful.

I wouldn’t feel like God was faithful.
But God was faithful.

Christmas has been bittersweet since that one. But I can see that God was at work; making me lean on him more than I ever had; making me more needy than I had ever been; making me rely on his promises even when I couldn’t understand them. He was good to me.

Tonight I was singing O Little Town of Bethlehem to Malaki before bed and I noticed this line for the first time: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” All my hopes and fears are met in Christ. All my insecurities and sadnesses are met in him.

And the hope I have that God is faithful is shown perfectly in this: that God sent his only son to die in my place; sent him to wipe away my sins.

So Christmas is a happy time. It is happy because it promises that God is who he says. He is faithful in prophecy, in miscarriage, and life. And Christmas is the perfect time to be reminded of that.

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
  Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
    “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

(Great is Thy Faithfulness; by: Thomas O. Chisholm)

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About Kassie Phillips

My name is Kassie. I am wife to Brian. I am mom to Malaki, Cora, & Jairus. We live in Southwest Missouri. Life for us is crazy, overwhelming, messy, and fun.
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One Response to Prophecy, Faithfulness, Miscarriage, & Christmas

  1. Ashlie says:

    One of my favorite hymns! Beautiful post Kassie, straight from the heart. Loved what you said here: “All my hopes and fears are met in Christ. All my insecurities and sadnesses are met in him.”

    Amen! He is indeed so very faithful. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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