Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baby Miranda...a very true story

I f you think you are having a bad day, read this story from a friend of a friend and be overwhelmed....this man knows what is it to walk with God.

On Saturday, February 5, 2011, a tragedy occurred. Chad and Sara Cole were just a few weeks away from celebrating the birth of their first baby when a horrible car accident happened, resulting in the untimely passing of Sara. Their unborn child, Miranda, was delivered approximately forty five minutes after the accident. Miranda was put on life support at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Last night, Tuesday, the 8th, Baby Miranda was unhooked from life support. Here is what her Daddy wrote this morning:

"I cannot begin to express my gratitude for, nor my amazement at, what has happened here. Never in my life have I felt so surrounded with love. This has been the worst three days of my life, and yet, at the same time, it has been three glorious days, full of shekinah glory.

As I prepared to hold my darling daughter to my chest this evening, I was terrified that I would break...literally break...into pieces. My fears were unjustified. The hand of God so reached down and touched me, that I was able to sing my sweet angel into heaven--into the arms of Jesus and her mommy.That peace stayed with me while I bathed her. It covered me like a deep blanket of snow while I dressed her for the first time. It kept a smile on my face while we took pictures and I was able to introduce her to her extended families without all those wires and tubes sticking out of her. You are all responsible for that peace.

God's miracle to me was giving me strength beyond my own. Endurance that I could never have mustered. Helping me carry my daughter proudly down long, silent corridors as we approached the gathered family and friends who were singing upon our arrival:

All creatures of our God and King
Lift up your voice and with us sing,
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
Thou silver moon with softer gleam!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
Ye lights of evening, find a voice!
Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
Make music for thy Lord to hear,
O praise Him! Alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright,
That givest man both warmth and light.
Dear mother earth, who day by day
Unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
Let them His glory also show.

And all ye men of tender heart,
Forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye! Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
Praise God and on Him cast your care!
And thou most kind and gentle Death,
Waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise Him! Alleluia!
Thou leadest home this child of God,
And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.

I am blessed, truly blessed this early morning. I do realize that dark clouds are on the horizon. The hurting will not go away, or end, just because today is done. It's 3:45AM, and Stevie, our 10 year old cat, is wandering around the house crying for his "mommy." All he knows is that he hasn't seen her in 3 days and misses her. His simple desire to sit on her lap and enjoy a good scratch brings tears to my eyes. No matter how hard I try, I know that I can't provide for him what he'd grown to love and desire from Sara. He sits on the step to the family room, watching me type, and I can see his questions in his eyes, "Where is she? When will she be home?" He occasionally glances at the back door, as if he expects her to walk in any moment.

This house already feels like a shell, an empty reflection of what it once was. I've had this same feeling every time I looked at myself in a mirror over the past 3 days. I just didn't recognize the man who was looking back. He seemed familiar, but not quite the same as what it felt like he should look like.

The only thing that keeps the dark waters of despair and depression from flooding over me at this time is the levy of Christ's love. A levy woven from the fabric of your prayers. While God may not have given me my heart's desire, He has stopped up the flood-waters. He has thrown me a life jacket that keeps me from drowning in the deep pits and pools that Satan would love to pull me down into.

Thank you, one thousand times, one million times, thank you!
O praise Him! O praise Him!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Chad Cole


  1. Sobbing at my desk at work. You need a disclaimer at the top to not read in public. Thanks for sharing this story of hope and love and perseverance and miracles.

  2. I read this story last night and how my heart breaks for this man and his family...yet I see God's hand upon this man, believing God's promises to be true and holding on to them.

  3. A mighty work will be done through all this. God is good. My prayers and sympathy go out to him.

  4. This is really sad story. I was speechless after read this story. Really I have so much sympathy for him and his family.