The SBC of Virginia Women’s Ministry hosted Angie Smith, author and speaker, at our May 2017 Women’s Ministry Conference. Angie captured the hearts of those in attendance at London Bridge Baptist Church as she shared her journey through the death of her newborn daughter, Audrey, and the grieving process that followed.
Angie’s story brought comfort to many in the audience, especially those who had also suffered the loss of a child—women like London Bridge member Diana Dilkes.
Diana, could you share a little background about your son’s death?
Three years ago, I lost my precious 24-year-old son, Nicholas, suddenly to a brief illness of the flu and an upper respiratory infection. The doctors referred to it as the perfect storm that the two viruses created in his body that caused his death. It was devastating, it was unbelievable, and it is heartbreaking.
How did you relate to Angie’s journey through grief?
When you hear of another mother who has experienced the grief of the loss of a child, to me, it is not just a sad story that grips your heart and then you move on—it is an insurmountable grief that you also carry in your heart and is present every single day. Naturally, there is a bond with that mother that you really wish you didn’t know and experience firsthand, one you would have rejected if you’d been given the opportunity.
How did God use Angie’s story to bring encouragement to your life?
She shared her heartfelt story of the loss of her daughter with transparent honesty. She told us with great imagery about the cherry blossom trees—and then related them to the quietness and magnificent power of a Holy God. She pointed to the miracles that the Lord gives us if we will take the time in our greatest sorrows to stop looking down and to look up to see God working all around us. Some of the Lord’s greatest moments are not done on the stage or in front of large crowds but in a single moment, with a single whisper, to a single heart in a still, quiet, intimate place called Grief. I am so thankful for my loving God’s mercy and grace. He understands my grief and heartache and meets me there. He provides me beauty in the midst of my sorrow, tears, and pain each day through his Son, Jesus Christ. I am also thankful for my Christian sister who was there to comfort me without saying a word, by putting her loving arms around me when my tears were abundant during Angie’s story. Angie just reiterated to all of us that God knows our story, He know our hearts, and He knows what we need right when we need it. Praise the Lord!
The SBC of Virginia provides statewide events like this to inspire, equip, and encourage the women in our state. To find future events, visit our website: sbcv.org/strengthening-churches-2/womens-ministry.