Judy Howard Peterson
Judy is campus pastor at North Park University and a well known conference speaker who travels around the country encouraging people that life is a journey worth traveling. In 1999 Judy walked across the United States as part of her internship for her MDiv program but has since been on another kind of journey. During the past five years Judy and her husband Jeff have conceived and grieved the loss of nine babies. Along the way they have learned valuable lessons about how to keep on walking this journey of faith.
There Has to be a Bottom to Our Grief: After our fourth second trimester loss, my husband shared these wise words, "There has to be a bottom to our grief." When the heartache of loss and recurring disappointment seem more than you can bear it is difficult to imagine ever returning to the land of the living. How do you dare to hope when every time you have begun to hope, another failure or loss occurs? You are the one who must define the bottom, mark the moment, and begin to turn back toward life. Judy Howard-Peterson, ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church and campus pastor at North Park University, offers her story of finding the bottom and reclaiming life, including the gifts of love, discovery and joy that can be yours even in the midst of grief.