The Lord Gave and the Lord Hath Taketh Away

We are both sorrowful and joyful in sharing that our son Christian has died. We found out earlier this morning that his heart had stopped beating sometime over the weekend. His body will be born today.

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,

And said, ‘Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.‘”

~Job 1:20-21

We are beyond grateful for all the messages, hugs, meals, tears, and prayers given on our behalf. We truly can’t thank our friends and fellow pilgrims enough for all the support. We thank God for all of His good gifts, and especially for the gift of His Son, Jesus, who has now welcomed Christian into eternity.

The artwork is a screenshot of Kelly Schumacher’s “The Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Such as These.” You can see this painting and more of Kelly’s art at

10 thoughts on “The Lord Gave and the Lord Hath Taketh Away

  1. Stan Hansen

    May the Holy Spirit Grant you strength and peace through these coming days. Has always if there is anything I can do please let me know. Even if it’s just lending an ear. I am always available for you.

  2. Judy

    Thank you for sharing with us as you went through this time. We can only say that your faith and strength has been a true blessing for many of us as we followed your time with Christian. May the Lord grant you peace now! In His love, Sam and Judy Christensen

  3. Lucy

    I am so thankful for the life you have been blessed with in Christian and grieve the shortness of his life. May you all be comforted by the promises of Our Lord. Praying for you.

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