This last week`s news caused a very strong focus to be put on the Health Service due to a leaked email.
No one imagined the week would be ending with such tragic news relating to the Health Service, specifically the death of three infants and others infected by a bacterial infection.
Quite a number of families are experiencing the pain of unexpected bereavement and others the stress of uncertainty.
There is a very famous passage of scripture which God has placed in the Bible to give hope to those caught up in the midst of such terrible sorrow.
It relates to King David when his child died, his words have comforted many unknown individuals for thousands of years. "I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."
Deep theological significance are attached to these words, it means infants are part of the elect.
Here is a thorough examination of the subject by someone who was a very,very,very highly regarded theologian.
He is so highly regarded, even though he is dead, he still preaches today!!
1 Samuel 12:18-24
18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
24And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.