As I reflect on the babe in the manger sleeping in heavenly peace, I can’t help but think of the dear granddaughter that we never met on this earth. She is experiencing that heavenly peace today. She was an “infant which never saw the light” (Job 3:16) of this world, but has only basked in the the light of heavenly glory. Chad and Courtney were excited to share with family and friends that they were blessed to be having a baby girl. Her name was a secret between the two of them. They planned to share that with us on the day of her birth. How we looked forward to learning her name. After their passing we scoured bibles, journals, computers, etc. to see if we could find any place where they might have written down her name, but we found nothing. We are comforted that the Lord knows and calls her by her name (Isaiah 49:1 “The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.”). Today she would be a one-year-old and no doubt toddling around Christmas trees and packages and enjoying the wrapping and boxes more than their contents. God in His sovereign will has instead allow this dear child to experience the gift of heavenly peace from the very beginning.
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace.
We will shed tears today as we reflect on our loss, but we are experiencing a “peace that passes all understanding” because Christ the Savior is born, and we know that Chad, Courtney, and Baby Girl Phelps are experiencing Heavenly Peace.
Written by Linda Phelps. Mother of Chad and Grandmother of Chase.