Tuesday, Nov. 29 – Jeremy and Katie Berger

29 Nov

Week 1: Hope
Today’s Scripture:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 15:1-13

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us about His ways so that we may walk in His paths.” Isaiah 2:3

We had been married only 6 months when we received shocking news. We were pregnant. Yes, we always knew we wanted children, but certainly not that soon. It took a few days to get used to the idea before we finally became excited about it. However, the excitement didn’t last long, as one week later Katie miscarried.

5 months later, it happened again. Another surprise pregnancy. (You would think we would have figured out what was causing it). The excitement was much stronger this time around as we were now more open to the timing of starting a family. We remember the anticipation of going to the doctor’s office for the first time where we would get to see “junior whopper” (an appropriate name for a Berger baby) and maybe see its heartbeat. Unfortunately, more bad news. Katie had miscarried for a second time.

Our doctor had an idea of what was causing the complications and suggested a hormone pill the next time Katie became pregnant. We were eager to try again but her doctor advised us to wait several months. Five long months later we were given the okay and started trying. We just knew we would get pregnant immediately. After all, we had gotten pregnant twice in one year without even trying. First month- nothing. Second- nope. Third, fourth, fifth, sixth- still nothing at all.

Between the two of us, we have degrees in both religion and psychology. Between the two of us, we have attended church for over 50 years. Yet none of that prepared us for the doubt that crept into our minds on whether we would ever be able to have children. Although we appreciated the kind words and similar stories from friends and families, there was only one way that we could have ever found peace in the middle of this trial. Sometimes you have to get on your knees and “…go up to the mountain of the Lord.” Only God alone can offer a hope that sustains. And the hope we found was not a hope that we would have children, but rather a hope that He is Sovereign and knows what’s best for His children.

28 months after our initial pregnancy, Wyatt Josiah Berger was born. Worth the wait? ABSOLUTELY! And now we are thankful not just for one child, but two. But even if our lives were different and our family was just the two of us, we know now that God would still be Sovereign and our lives would be just as fulfilling.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13



4 Responses to “Tuesday, Nov. 29 – Jeremy and Katie Berger”

  1. Annie Freeman November 29, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Thank you Berger family for being transparent in sharing your journey of faith.

  2. Matt Walters November 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    What a beautiful reminder of God’s sovereignty and faithfulness, both in the times of great blessing and in the times when we are forced to be patient.

    Also, I chuckle as I think about Wyatt inching down the steps after you told him not to, and you calling him out, and his replying, “Come on, Mom, can’t you show me some grace?”

    • Terry Berger November 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

      God Is Good!! I couldn’t help but to cry as I read this, for I too know the heartbreak of miscarriage. BUT… God is always in control and understands our pain far better than we do. We were blessed shortly after the second miscarriage with the adoption of our third son!!!
      Thank you Jeremy and Katie for sharing your story.
      Love you both,

  3. James Mista J Hobson December 2, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Amen! I had to wave my hands on this one!

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