"You'll have another baby."

"You'll have another baby."

Have you heard these words? What has been your response? I've talked to so many mamas who heard these words following the loss of a baby. The words are often spoken with compassion, but rarely offer any comfort.

Babies aren't replaceable. The birth of another baby would certainly be joyous and may provide some comfort, but it could never undo the death of a precious child.

No one can promise whether or not someone will have another child. God knows each breath we will breathe and He knows each life that will come into the world. Some may never go on to another baby. Some may never carry a child in their womb. Some will never bring a child into their home. And God will remain faithful to each and every one of these women who call upon His name. His faithfulness to us is not dependent on our fertility. He is faithful in our loss and in our barrenness. He works all things together for good, even the most broken things. Our value is not based upon the number of children we raise or whether we have another child or not. Our value is in Christ--that we are created in the image of God and that we have been adopted as daughters.

Instead of "You'll have another baby", a promise no one can truly make, instead try, "God won't leave you empty handed." We may lose everything in this world, but Christ has us—and if we have Him, we have everything. With Him, our arms are full.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matt. 7:11) Our Heavenly Father loves us. He will provide. He will fill our arms with good things. This doesn’t necessarily mean He will provide an open womb, physical healing, or physical safety. He can and He might, but He may fill our arms with something different, but still so very good.