So, the topic of death and salvation has been coming up in many circles of my life, particularly in our biblestudy group. It was a night of great discussion, but it in the end we were left with the conclusion that no one really knows another's heart, and therefore no one can know where someone will end up after death. WELL... I was on one of my many BabyCenter boards and came across this bible story:
2 Samuel 12:16-31 (NIV) - 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
18 On the seventh day the child died. David's servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, "While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate." 19 David noticed that his servants were whispering among themselves and he realized the child was dead. "Is the child dead?" he asked.
"Yes," they replied, "he is dead." 20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. 21 His servants asked him, "Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!" 22 He answered, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, 'Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.' 23 But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me." 24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him; 25 and because the LORD loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.
Let us all take a look at verse 23, "I will go to him, but he will not return to me." David has come to the realization that he cannot bring his son back to life, but he finds comfort and joy when he realizes he will go to Heaven one day to be with him. For mothers and fathers of babies who have left this earth too soon, this is the ultimate story of HOPE.