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The Death of Our Son and the Path of Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Nov 19, 2008

Six years ago today our second child and first son Daniel died. He was three years old. God used Daniel’s unrelenting suffering and short life for good in our family in so many grace-filled ways. It is largely through Daniel that God has deepened our understanding of His adoptive love for us and led us to add two more boys to our family through adoption.

Though my heart still aches when I think of Daniel, his three years of suffering, and his absence from our family, I’m deeply thankful to God for the gift that Daniel was and continues to be.  So, today our family is remembering Daniel and God’s gift of him to us for three deeply treasured years.

The picture above, which I took four days before Daniel’s death, was our attempt to testify to the glory and sufficiency of the gospel in our suffering. The good news of the Gospel was our hope then and it continues to be our hope now as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:23).


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