Living and Active

Adam Navis

READ : 2 Timothy 3:10-17 That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (v. 17) Understanding scripture is not easy. If it were, there would be greater agreement between Christians across traditions and through time. As it is, disagreements over biblical interpretation range from the mundane to the heretical. And that's just between people who believe in the centrality of scripture! Perhaps one reason for the disagreement is because, as Hebrews 4:12 tells us, the …

No One Like God

Adam Navis

READ : Psalm 113 Who is like the Lord our God? (v. 5) I have three wonderful children. They are the greatest source of happiness in my daily life. Yet my struggle with infertility, in spite of the positive results, was so significant that it has become part of my identity. Just like an alcoholic is always a recovering alcoholic, never recovered, so too my children are not evidence that I have “beaten” infertility. They are evidence of God's grace …

Still a Miracle

Adam Navis

READ : Matthew 1:18-25 ” . . . they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (v. 23) After being told that to have a child without medical assistance would be impossible for us, after undergoing the arduous and expensive process of IVF, which resulted in the birth of our twins, in the fall of 2009 my wife and I discovered we were pregnant again. We could only laugh. When we told people, many times we heard …

Sharing Pains, Sharing Joys

Adam Navis

READ : Luke 1:39-45 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (v. 41) While we were experiencing the darkest moments of our struggle to have children, there were times when I thought, “Maybe I'll be able to eventually use this experience to help someone else in a similar situation.” This thought didn't actually help me very much, but it was the only silver lining I could find. Neither Mary or Elizabeth must have been having a very good pregnancy. …

The End Is Only the Beginning

Adam Navis

READ : Judges 13:1-25 And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him. (v. 25) When we took our twins home from the hospital we became very aware of one obvious truth: this was only the beginning. We were exchanging the difficulty of having a child for the challenge of having a child. Did Samson's mother understand this? As she yearned and prayed and sought God's help, did she understand that this “blessing” would break her heart? Samson was …

Remembering God's Touch

Adam Navis

READ : Luke 1:26-38 Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. (v. 30) On December 4, 2007 I found out that I was finally going to be a father. I wrote in my journal, “All the work, the trips to the doctor, the shots, the medication, the loss of privacy—all worth it!” Yet there was another feeling: fear. In the same journal I wrote, “The part where I get to be a dad, care for a …