December 27, 2011: the day I will never forget. Six years ago we gave birth to our only child to date, Micah James Braxton. We also lost him on that day. If you have experienced the loss of a child, you understand that it’s not easy. The questions, the why, the grief, the pain. We experienced love, and joy, and pain at levels that we hadn’t known before.
Although the many hours and days following were difficult, one thing transformed my life forever. I’d always encouraged others with Psalm 34 when they were experiencing difficult times. Now, those times closest to Micah’s death was the time for me to trust those words. My testimony is this: THIS WORD IS TRUE. I experienced the tangible presence of God as my comfort ever since! In the moment when I felt Him draw near to me, He said, “LaTanya I too know what it feels like to lose a son. I will be with you!”
Be encouraged. The hope that we believers have in Christ is that this life is not the end. There is something to look forward to which includes the resurrection of the dead. Just declare your day of grief as a day of declaration that God is good and with you. Not just today, but every day.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3–4)