for the joy of human love

Friends who've walked the ugly road of delivering a stillborn baby tell me that pictures are treasures for them. On Monday, I attempted to give my friend that gift - photos of the time she held her baby on this side of heaven.

The sorrow and sadness of losing a child was suffocatingly heavy at times, but the joy of human love among the grieving family was palpable and rich. I was honored to bear witness to their time together and capture those moments for them to hold in their grief.
For the joy of human love
Brother, sister, parent child
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.