Mom celebrates answered prayer on Mother's Day

Posted 5/10/20

Mother's Day was fraught with pain and longing during the years that Beth Hess and her husband, John, were struggling to conceive.

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Mom celebrates answered prayer on Mother's Day


Mother's Day was fraught with pain and longing during the years that Beth Hess and her husband, John, were struggling to conceive.

Eventually, the couple started planning a beach trip during that weekend so that Beth did not have to sit through another church service in which she would not be recognized.

Then, in 2017, God gave the Hesses the desire of their heart — a two-week-old named Levi. On that first Mother's Day, tears were shed around the sanctuary as John and Levi went down the aisle together to pick up Beth's flowers from their church family. 

"When people see our son, they see God's work because they know what a beautiful story that was," Beth Hess said.

The story began when Beth, who is from Birmingham, met John, a Carbon Hill native, on a blind date. 

Beth, who was in her 30s, had started to believe that she would never find the right man, but she asked a group of women to pray that God would introduce her to her husband. 

Six months after that first blind date, they were engaged and have been married now for 13 years. 

They decided to begin trying to have children right away. 

Hess underwent fertility treatments and could conceive but could not carry to term.

The heartache became exhausting. When the youth they had been mentoring at Bethel Baptist Church for several years moved on to college, the couple pressed pause on their attempts to conceive and relocated from Arley to Jasper. 

In the ensuing years, they continued to experience heartache, including finding a pregnant woman sleeping in a building on their property and almost being scammed through an adoption process.

After eight years of marriage, they resigned themselves to the fact that they weren't meant to have a child of their own.

"We started this huge project (a house remodel). I bought my dream car, a Jeep. We thought, 'We're just going to enjoy being together, just us,'" Hess said.

God's true plan was revealed on the weekend that they were scheduled to take a group of college and career students from church to a Passion conference in Atlanta.

At the last minute, Hess told her husband that she had a feeling they should drive their own car to the conference rather than volunteering to drive the church van.

They had barely arrived at the conference when they got a phone call from a friend who knew their situation.

Relatives of a two-week-old boy had been granted emergency custody but were looking for a loving family to adopt him.

The Hesses left Atlanta early the next morning and met Levi for the first time. 

The relatives quickly signed the necessary paperwork for the Hesses to be granted custody of Levi, but the adoption process dragged on for nearly two years.

As they navigated the legal obstacles, they realized that they had already been introduced to several people during those extremely painful years who could help them get the adoption finalized.

Levi is God's final answer to a very specific prayer.

"I wanted a little boy, and I would love for my little boy to look like my husband. It is uncanny how much alike our son looks like his daddy. People say it all the time, 'You can tell that's your little boy.' We just smile. God cares about the details of your heart," Hess said.