A pastor and his wife who lost their two sons in a tragic car accident have announced that they are pregnant with twins.
Gentry and Hadley Eddings were on their way home from Wilmington to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Eddings had been in Wilmington for Gentry’s sister’s wedding which Gentry officiated.
On their way home, the Eddings’ vehicle was hit by a truck, killing their two-year-old son, Dobbs, and sending Hadley, who was 37 weeks pregnant, into labor. Hadley had an emergency C-section, but the baby, whom the couple named Reed, did not survive.
Through their grief, the Eddings continued to trust God. They also publicly forgave the truck driver who had hit them.
Gentry’s sister, Amber, spoke with PEOPLE about the Eddings decision to forgive:
“Forgiveness can be a tricky thing. But like my brother said during the service, forgiving the driver was easy and hard all at the same time. Hard because our natural inclination is to cling to the pain and hurt and even anger. Easy because we believe in a good God.”
Now, however, the Eddings have been blessed by a new pregnancy. The couple announced to their congregation at Forest Hills Church in Charlotte that they were expecting:
“The Lord has not left us for one second in our grief of losing our two boys almost two years ago. God is a redeemer and a restorer! God blesses us beyond what we deserve or could ever imagine.
“We are excited that Dobbs and Reed are going to be big brothers to twins! We are so thankful for our family and so many friends who have prayed for us and cheered us on our way. We’re rejoicing, and thank Jesus for these two precious little ones!”
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Publication date: January 24, 2017