It's been a year since I first shared about Aidan in this post. I thought I would write tons more about him and our journey, but for some reason, it's taking me a while. But as we arrive on the anniversary of his heavenly homegoing again (11 years!) I have more to say.
People often ask me if you can ever heal from the pain of losing a child. Just to be clear, I don't claim that losing a child is the worst pain you could ever suffer. I don't know what it's like to get a terminal diagnosis, to lose a parent or spouse, or to be abused in any way...I know what it is like to lose a 4 month old child. It absolutely sucks. (pardon my french, but it fits).
I remember the day Aidan died, we felt a sense of relief at first. Sadness, yes. But oddly enough, relief. We finally weren't worried about him, and he was no longer suffering or facing a long list of surgeries and repairs. But as we entered our home without the hope of ever bringing him home...the deep pain of grief overwhelmed us. It actually physically hurt. We cried like we never have before or since. We held each other and sobbed the deepest sobs I've ever heard.
It was like a piece of my heart had been torn away, physically ripped from my body. What was left was a heart with a gaping wound, one that bled and oozed with each beat. I know that is a little dramatic, but that is the way I can best describe it. In the days that followed, I explained it that way several times to kind, listening ears.
Months passed, years passed. We grieved. We journeyed some rough roads. We healed. God's grace proved sufficient, just as He promised.
Yet, I did not return to the person I was before I was Aidan's mom. I never will. I am changed...in more ways than I could begin to describe, or even comprehend. And I am whole. WHOLE. Really. My heart has healed completely. The gaping wound no longer bleeds.
Nor is my heart the same as it was before. You see, it has a scar. The evidence of it's wound is there, but it is not at all hindered. The scar is actually a beautiful part of my heart, and in a way only God could accomplish, the scar has made my heart stronger.
I must admit the scar is a tender spot though, and if it gets hit just right, the pain returns for a time. The tears flow, and the wound aches. Yet even in the ache, even in the remembering, my heart is whole. God has healed me and redeemed the pain.
I wouldn't trade my scarred heart. It's a gift. And I'm grateful.
Perhaps your heart is scarred from pain that God has healed...if so, thank God with me today for His redeeming grace. If your heart is still bleeding, I ache for you. Yet I trust (even if you can't at this point) that if you cooperate with God's touch in your life, in His timing, He will knit you a beautiful, strong, scar.
happy 11th anniversary in heaven, sweet aidan.