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A husband’s prayer after his wife has delivered a stillborn child (1752)


baby casket152.  Prayer of a husband after his wife has delivered a stillborn child.

Breslau Hymnal, 1752

taken from Evangelische Lutherischer Gebets-Schatz

Oh my dear, gentle God!  Since it has pleased Your wisdom to summon the fruit of our bodies in its birth and to take it to Yourself, we must also let it be pleasing to us.  We will not doubt that You have , in answer to our hearts’ prayers (whether spoken or in the sighs of the Holy Spirit), received it and lifted it up to all grace, for the sake of Your dear Son, so that it is now without doubt a dear little child of everlasting blessedness and life.  In fact, it is now cared for and kept safe from all evil in the best possible way, instead of what it would have had to endure in this evil world.

But apart from this I thank You from my heart for preserving my beloved wife alive through these bitter birth pangs, that You have snatched her from the very jaws of death and given her back like new to me and my young children.  Oh help, so that she might regain her strength, which she has almost lost entirely in this great trauma, this difficult childbirth.  Thus I will laud and praise You, and magnify Your mercy, here in time and hereafter forever and ever, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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