CHRISTMAS AT OUR HOUSE: adopted
Last night we took Sunday to the Nutcracker. Dressed all up in her red cape, hair twisted into adorable puff balls, a smile so big she could hardly see through her squinted eyes… she glowed.
It was a double date… Pops and Amma, Uncle Matt and Sunday.
And we twittered and tweeted and Insta’d and flickered… while Sunday just grinned. She was the star and she knew it, like a princess knows her subjects adore her— of course.
Wide-eyed with wonder, our little grand-girl took it all in.
The glitter, the elegance, the crowd, the kids. She had no idea what we were doing, just that we were loving her.
Opening a world of beauty a little wider.
Taking her by the hand to experience something grand together.
She laughed and she clapped at all the wrong times. Just an outburst of joy at being there!
Sitting on my lap to see, Sunday danced and wiggled to the beat of a drum I could not hear. She seemed to go in all the wrong directions, unbound by what she did not know.
And it dawned on me suddenly that just over 8 months ago Sunday sat in an orphanage on the other side of the world. Her life was confined and confusing, devoid of beauty, of wonder, of the love of family.
One year ago John Mark and Tammy called us to pray- they’d been assigned a child from the agency. Would they take her?
All we had was a picture. And just the barest sketch of a story. And the belief that when we pray for wisdom, for guidance, for grace… He gives it. Generously.
And He did and He has!
Sunday Love Comer is an unbearably generous gift from God to all of us. We love her. I mean, we actually, really, honestly love our little girl.
ONE OF THE GANG!
A SPECIAL BOND
And aren’t we all like Sunday? Adopted by a Father who loves us, who opens beauty and wonder each day.
Cherished, adored, disciplined, included, brought close, held tight, taught, shown off, given gifts, wanted.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family
by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.
This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us
who belong to his dear Son.
He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom
with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
He has showered his kindness on us,
along with all wisdom and understanding.
From my heart,