Memorial for the Morrison Babies

August 10th, 2007…two months exactly from when the Morrison6 were born. This was a day that I’ve been dreading but at the same time relieved that it’s come and gone! We had a memorial service at Bethany Church for Lucia Rae, Bennet Ryan, Tryg Brenton, Lincoln Sean, Cadence Alana and the Morrison family. It was precious and heartbreaking.

I can’t believe it’s already been 2 months! It’s weird how it’s seems like forever ago and just yesterday.

These five babies captured my heart from the moment I knew they were growing in Brianna’s belly. I prayed for them all the time. It was like I had been given the opportunity to witness a miracle in slow motion…does that make sense? I was seeing the wonder of the babies growing, her belly stretching, and her heart preparing for all them.

After they were born…I fell in love. So tiny and yet, fully alive. I felt like I was looking into the face of a miracle (or 6)!

The songs the Morrison’s chose for the memorial really sums it up with all the words I would want to write:

Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say…
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say…
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, Blessed be your name

And the old hymn, “It is well!” I was looking for the hymn and found the story behind the song…amazing.

This hymn was writ­ten af­ter two ma­jor trau­mas in Spaf­ford’s life. The first was the great Chi­ca­go Fire of Oc­to­ber 1871, which ru­ined him fi­nan­cial­ly (he had been a weal­thy bus­i­ness­man). Short­ly af­ter, while cross­ing the At­lan­tic, all four of Spaf­ford’s daugh­ters died in a col­li­sion with an­o­ther ship. Spaf­ford’s wife Anna sur­vived and sent him the now fa­mous tel­e­gram, “Saved alone.” Sev­er­al weeks lat­er, as Spaf­ford’s own ship passed near the spot where his daugh­ters died, the Ho­ly Spir­it in­spired these words. They speak to the eter­nal hope that all be­liev­ers have, no mat­ter what pain and grief be­fall them on earth.


When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

Refrain

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

Refrain

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

Refrain

But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!

Refrain

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It’s been a hard 2 months and I know the road ahead will have many bumps. But I smile when I think about pouring tons of love on Sylas Christopher…he will never lack for kisses and hugs!

Please continue to pray for this precious family!

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Julie Beach - August 11, 2007 - 8:23 am

Hi.

I’m glad to hear that the Morrisons were able to have this service. Hopefully this celebration of their children’s lives and the support of family and friends who share in their loss will be a healing balm to their souls. The God of all comfort is near to the broken-hearted and I pray that they feel His presence.

We continue to lift up Ryan, Brianna and Sylas.
Thanks for the update.
Julie

Sarah - August 11, 2007 - 8:32 pm

Amen! I’m so glad to know that through such unimaginable pain, Ryan and Brianna are focusing on Jesus and standing firm. I pray for them often and Noemi, I really appreciate your updates.
Also love looking at your photos, which I found when reading up on the Morrisons at the beginning of all this. We may be contacting you in the future for a family photo shoot 🙂

God bless,
Sarah

Kirstin - August 11, 2007 - 11:48 pm

So, so important that the babies are loved and remembered in this public way. I remember that when our twins died we really felt like we were dealing pretty well until we hit three months after their birth and death, when the whole world seemed to come crashing down. There is so much ahead for this family, both difficult and wonderful–what a blessing to have a community who can love and grieve and hope and celebrate with them.

Amanda - August 12, 2007 - 4:27 pm

Thank you for this update! I am so glad that Sylas will pull through! I am so thankful that Ryan and Brianna know the Lord so they are not crushed in their grief. Thanks again for keeping us posted.

Jane - August 12, 2007 - 9:29 pm

I am so glad that they were able to have a memorial service for Lucia Rae, Bennet Ryan, Tryg Brenton, Lincoln Sean, and Cadence Alana.

I love the song Blessed be the name…we sung it at my daughter’s memorial service as well.

I continue to pray for Syas.

Keri - August 13, 2007 - 10:06 am

Thank you so much for the update. I’m sure that they wanted to keep the service smaller, but I wish I would have known – I would have been there grieving with the family. Ironically, last Friday was the due date for my little baby that I lost, so my heart was grieving already for what I never really knew. I’m so glad that Ryan and Brianna at least got to meet their precious little ones, painful as that was. They will always hold those precious memories and your beautiful pictures.

with love,
Keri

Stacy Bailey - August 13, 2007 - 11:12 am

Hi:

I have followed this family’s story from the beginning. I had sextuplets 18 months ago and two of them did not survive. It was terribly difficult and my heart has broken knowing that Ryan and Brianna have experienced the same horrible pain. It is very conflicting to be happy for your children and sad for your loss at the same time.

I have prayed for this couple and been amazed by thier strength.

Please let them know that there are people out here that are still rooting for them and Sylas and will continue to pray that good things will happen for them.

Stacy Bailey

Kristie Tripp - August 19, 2007 - 2:36 pm

Our pastor is preaching a sermon series right now called “Outrageous, Contagious Joy”. I love the definition he gave. . . Joy is the positive confidence I feel from knowing and trusting God, REGARDLESS of circumstances. James 1:2-4 says “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” I just love that definition of joy – that it is the positive confidence I feel from KNOWING and TRUSTING GOD, regardless of circumstances. I just wanted to pass that on! Love and prayers to the Morrisions!
Kristie Tripp

Liz Underwood - August 28, 2007 - 4:06 pm

I met Brianna on a missions trip in high school and felt immediately that we had been friends for years! My husband and I have been so impressed with the way both Ryan and Brianna have walked through this season. What an example of God’s grace and joy in the midst of our own pain!

Is there any update?
Liz Underwood

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