"The Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." (Psalm 147:3)
A North Carolina pastor and his wife who tragically lost two sons in a car accident in 2015 are praising God for His faithfulness after discovering they are expecting twins.
"Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful! Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!" Hadley Eddings wrote in a Facebook post Sunday.
In a separate statement, Hadley said, "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!"
As previously reported by the Gospel Herald, Gentry Eddings, a worship pastor at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, his wife and his 2-year-old son, Dobbs were traveling home to Charlotte in a caravan on Memorial Day in 2015 when the vehicle Hadley and Dobbs were riding in was hit by a truck driven by Matthew Deans.
Hadley, a preschool teacher who was 8-months pregnant at the time, was rushed to a nearby hospital for an emergency C-Section. Dobbs died in the crash, and the newborn, named Reed, only survived three days after suffering a slight brain breed. The 28-year-old truck driver who hit the family has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed.
The couple made headlines when they publicly forgave the driver who caused the wreck: "It was not the easiest thing to do, but in some ways it was because we know - Hadley and I - that Jesus Christ has forgiven us our debt... So in some ways, it was very easy to forgive a man who made an accident," Gentry said at the time.
His sister, Amber Justice, later told People Magazine, "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."