The year 2007 was unusual for us. That year, God gave, and He took away. Like Job, who worshiped God with these words after learning of his total loss, we also said “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord”. (Job 1:21).


On March 15, 2007, God gave. He gave us our first grandson, Jehiel. What a blessing! We always heard others say how much fun grandparenting, and now, three years later, we can confirm it! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEHIEL!   

On June 9, 2007, God took away. At 95 years of age, Mom left us, to be with Him. Her life was a blessing to many people, and even now, there’s not a day that passes that I don’t remember something she said or did. I am thankful for her example in many areas, and for having had a Godly mom!

God took away on September 26, 2007, too. That’s the day we were all shocked by Dad’s sudden passing away. Although he was 94, he was “94 years young” like one of his granddaughters expressed. His mind was very clear, and everyone who knew him had an interesting story to tell about him. I thank God for the influence Dad had on me in so many ways!

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

Yes, Job was right. He declared an eternal truth when he said that God gives and God takes away. I remember that truth every time I see little Jehiel. He is living proof of God’s goodness. God always gives. While it’s true that He takes away, it’s also a fact that He is the giver of good things. He never takes away and leaves us with nothing. In the Bible, we read: “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:16,17)

So when it seems that God takes something away from you, remember what James says: He doesn’t change, AND He also gives good gifts. Jehiel is proof enough for me!



  1. Carole says:

    Nice! Grandkids are such a blessing and a joy to have around us. Yes, I miss Mom and Dad, too, but they left us with loads of memories. The Grandkids fill those empty spots with their activities. They’re so full of life and action, ideas and thoughts.
    Happy birthday to Jehiel. He’s growing up so fast!


  2. Tom Tompkins says:

    So many read the words of Job 1:21, but never bother to consider the fact that Job was not speaking of events to come. He was speaking of what he had already experienced. In turn this should lead us to reading Job 1:1 through Job 1:20 and seeing for ourselves that God never took a single thing from Job. In fact, after disciplining Job based on his words of error and anger toward God, it was the Lord who actually gave to Job, but He never took a single thing.


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