She lost 2 children due to a genetic disorder. Listen in to hear Nancy Guthrie's story of loss, finding hope and healing amidst grief and how she dealt with the doubt and confusion towards God in the days and years that followed. www.themorning/episode039 on The Joyful Mourning Podcast. A podcast for women who have experienced the loss of a baby. |

Episode 039

This episode is one of my favorite episodes to date and I am sure the words spoken by our guest will leave you changed. Listen in as I spend some time talking with Nancy Guthrie — 20 years ago this wise woman experienced the loss of her daughter Hope and soon after she walked through loss a second time with her son Gabriel. Her story of loss is powerful and heart wrenching and will likely stir up questions about God’s character and His goodness amidst such loss — at least that’s what Nancy’s story does in me. 

Nancy’s answers to my questions are challenging to hear but while they are challenging they are incredibly helpful and hopeful and truthful. This episode is a bit different than my others in that Nancy is farther removed from her suffering than all of our other guests and that is so helpful to us today, her voice on this can be trusted as she has lived it and walked it for so many years and time often offers a different and wiser perspective — one that can see just a bit further down the road. 

Listen in to this woman who loved her babies and loves them still, you can hear her heart ache for eternity, you can hear her empathy and compassion for other women walking a similar journey of pregnancy loss or infant loss. You can also hear her love and trust in a God who knows all and sees all and is above all. A truth that feels difficult in the face of such loss and yet Nancy proclaims it with such certainty, a certainty that I am sure will encourage your heart today.


7 DAY FREE DEVOTIONAL: Hope for the Hurting

Nancy shares multiple times that in the face of grief and uncertainty and doubt and confusion about who God is in the face of loss, one must be reminded by His Word, by the Bible.

But often, as we discuss during todays episode, opening the Bible when feelings all those emotions can be difficult or even feel impossible. Nancy shares two resources that she recommends for such a moment and I have linked those above. But I wanted to tell you about one additional resource — a free 7 day devotional called Hope for the Hurting.

I wrote this mini devotional specifically for women who have experienced the loss of a baby, 7 days of bible passages with a short devotion and prayer — to download that free resource, simply head over to

If you aren’t quite sure what to think about this christian faith, or if reading the Bible isn’t something you have ever done before, or if opening the Bible just feels impossible right now, maybe give this a try. It’s super simple way to be introduced, or re-introduced, to this faith we talk about so much here. Either way, I pray that resource blesses you.


Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David, host for couples who have faced the death of child, through the GriefShare video series.

Her newest book is Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything About Your Story. She is also the host of the “Help Me Teach the Bible” podcast at The Gospel Coalition.

Learn more about Nancy over on her website or via Instagram @nancyguthrienashville

Nancy Guthrie on The Joyful Mourning Podcast: "We cried out to God the most unceremonious prayer we had ever prayed. 'God help us. We don’t know what to do. We want to trust You with this but honestly we don’t even know what that’s going to look.'" | | a podcast for women who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss
Nancy Guthrie on The Joyful Mourning Podcast: "Perhaps He is going to give us another healthy child to raise and enjoy or perhaps He is going to ask us to do that again. And I thought: 'I just don’t know if I can do that again.'" | | a podcast for women who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss