Thanks for your support of our adoption journey. We would love for you to join us in praying that God would give us wisdom, patience and perseverance as we go through the process to adopt our children! We appreciate the many people walking this adoption journey with us in prayer! ~Jon & Bethany

July 6, 2011

He gives and takes away

"The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." Job 1:21

Though I may not fully understand WHY this side of Heaven, the Lord is good even when he allows suffering.
He allowed us to get pregnant with our first child and took him/her away during our 10th week of pregnancy.
He allowed us to get a referral for an adorable little 6 month old boy and then find out one month later that we will not be able to adopt him.

We just found out today that his birth family has not released him to be adopted.
So we feel like we have had another miscarriage. We have lost another child. We are mourning, and still processing all of this.
You can pray that we would be able to say, like Job, "Blessed be the name of the Lord," in the midst of this trial. We will continue to pray for this little boy- that the Lord would place him in a family, even if it is relatives in Congo. We will pray for his salvation. And for the other little boy that God has for our family.

We are trying to rejoice in the Lord in all circumstances and bring him glory as we mourn, but not as those who have no hope- because our hope is not in the things of this world. It is in Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. But it is sad to think of this little boy, who we have been picturing as part of our family for the past month, and know that he is sitting in an orphanage in the Congo with no mother or father.

Cling to Christ,


  1. so sorry to hear this news, Meacham's. we will continue to lift up your process and pray that God will give you perfect peace in the midst of it.

  2. Praying for you. Praying for you.

  3. So very sorry. I am praying for you...

  4. I am so sorry to hear this. I know your heart is broken! Praying that one day soon the Lord may give some clarity to why this happened. So thankful that no matter what we can cling to what we know is true about him - He is good and he is in control. I know it is hard to believe, and hard to rest in. Praying that many come around you and support you in this loss. And that Christ would be so near in your grief.

  5. So very sorry to hear this... I have been praying over your family and little man all month. Praying for you tonight, to have peace and rest in the knowledge that God's plans are not our own. Praising God that always, that little man will have two people praying over his life that without this process would not have know his story. Praying for all three of you tonight.

  6. I am so heart is just aching for you. Praying for you right now, for strength and comfort from the Lord to walk through this. You are so loved!