This week, I saw my daughter's face for the first time.
This week, I walked to the back of the auditorium to light a candle to pray for our daughter, knowing exactly what she looks like.
This week, I saw my daughter on a vimeo video. She was wearing pink sandles, an orange sweatshirt and yellow pants.
This week, I saw the scar on my daughter's chest where doctor's performed a potentially life saving surgery last March.
This week, Travis and I have a daughter.
This week, my boys have a sister.
This week, my heart is forever tied to a family in Asia, her birth family.
This weekend at Seacoast Church, Rob Braniff, one of our new pastors, opened our services introducing his family and his three adopted children. This week, Josh Walters, shared our communities story of how God's heart for loving others can change a community. This week, Chris Russo, shared a spoken word to the song God of the City, and I raised my fist in the air and nearly jumped out of my skin.
My child doesn't know it yet; but she is not an orphan
anymore. She is still in a foster care/orphanage situation half way
around the world. But, she has a Mom and Dad who are ready to bring her
home. And she has a Mom and Dad who probably made the decision to give
her up in order to save her life due to difficult circumstances they can not take care of her.
Today is Orphan Sunday 2012 and such a huge day for our journey into adoption. Yes, it is all about one child. Yes, it is a journey of each family. But, it is always a bigger story. So many of us do not know we have a Father. We live without hope. And my hearts prayer today as I pray for 147 million without families around the world, is that the rest of the billions that do not know their Abba Father will also find their way home today!
Soli deo Gloria!
"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you."