it's been the resounding theme of our last year or so: God is gracious.
from providing for us the daily grace and strength we needed in the beginning to get through every minute of the day, to His orchestration of every amazing detail of jonathan's life and our journey with him...God is gracious.
from meeting us at our deepest place of need, to exceedingly, abundantly blessing us with more joy and hope than we in our sorrow could ever have imagined...God is gracious.
through the tangible as well as the emotional and spiritual expressions of our family, friends, and church family, He provided indescribable love and comfort to us...God is gracious.
as jonathan died and we walked through the darkest hours of our lives, somehow there was still so much light...God is gracious.
in our daily struggles and sometimes failures to fully trust and submit to the Lord's plan for us, God gently drew us back to Him through His word and through His undeniable pursuit of us...God is gracious.
through the gift of pregnancy of our newest precious son, whose strong kicks and jabs bring me such joy and thankfulness throughout each day...God is gracious.
through God's provision of a special scripture (Isaiah 43:18-19), to reassure me when in my weakness i begin to feel anxious or fearful...God is gracious.
and that only begins to touch upon the many instances where God has shown us amazing grace in this journey.
therefore, it only seems fitting that we have decided to name our son "Evan", whose name means "God is gracious."
(we're still working on the middle name...)
"He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion." ~Psalm 111:4