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Prayer for the Loss of a Pregnancy

I wanted so
to give a child a home.
I did what I could,
making my body a garden
for an infant to grow in.
But it was not to be.

I ask the Creator of Life
to hear my cries.
Soothe my soul, my aching arms
that long for a baby to hold.
Let my tears be the rain
that makes me fruitful.

Help me see that mothering comes
in many guises, and the way forward
may be what I do not expect.
Fill me with life and with love,
the nurturing shade of Your perfect love.
Amen.

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Lori Strawn

Providence Associate Lori Strawn is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Witchita, Kansas. A 1987 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Lori formerly served on the advisory board for the Providence Associates.

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