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In this week’s episode of the Connected Kingdom podcast, Tim and I discuss a difficult subject. Early infant loss is a term that applies to miscarriage, stillbirth, and the death of a newborn. We asked Glenda Mathes to join us to help us understand this issue from a practical and biblical perspective. Glenda is the author of Little One Lost: Living With Early Infant Loss and we ask her about how we can minister to (and how we should not attempt to minister to) those who have suffered this kind of loss, about the guilt that is so often a part of the grieving process, about how the church has too often failed such people, and about so much more.

Glenda has been married for forty years to the nicest guy in the world, David Mathes. They are parents of four living adult children and one little one in heaven, grandparents to five grandsons on earth and one grandchild in heaven. She regularly writes for Christian Renewal and The Messenger and blogs at Ascribelog. She has also written Not My Own: Discovering God’s Comfort in the Heidelberg Catechism, the first volume in the “Life in Christ” catechism curriculum, which is being translated into seven languages; and A Month of Sundays: 31 Meditations on Resting in God, scheduled for release in November from Reformation Heritage Books. She loves watching sun rays pierce clouds, smelling line-dried laundry, and crunching through autumn leaves. Her greatest joy comes from witnessing her children and grandchildren walking in the faith.

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  • Patricia Glerum

    Our children lost a little girl 3 yrs ago yesterday and the pain is still as real as the day they delivered. We celebrate Mikayla Esther’s birthday every year so as not to forget her but yet to honor her as well as we know she’s with the Lord.

  • Glenda Mathes

    Patricia, it’s wonderful that you’ve been able to find a way to remember Mikayla through celebrating her brief life and reminding yourselves that she’s safe at home with the Lord.