Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Leaving on a jet plane...

Ok, I suppose I need to come clean... The REAL reason I'm starting the blog (well, at least right now... I mean I've thought about it for a long time, but I never made it happen 'til now) does revolve around THESE two:

Manyazawal (8)

and his sister Mihret (2)

We leave in two (2), that's right TWO days, to go pick them up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. They've been legally ours for about a month, but sometimes the wheels of life turn more slowly than we'd like. Of course the past weeks have still been frantic as we have tried vainly to get everything in order for the trip and for our return with two more kids to add to the family. I'm not sure if any number of weeks would have been long enough for us to truly get everything in the house ready, but who says parents need to be, or even GET to be, prepared? One thing is sure... we are READY to have these two be with us. We are ready to start being family. It's so hard to already love someone who, A.) you've never even spoken with, B.) who is legally tied to you and C.) who is on the exact opposite side of the world. There is so much we don't know about them, so much we'd like to say to them, so much we want to share with them. Two days isn't nearly enough time to get prepared, but it is FAR too long for the heart to bear with easy patience.

I'm pretty sure God looks at us in a very similar way. I think we truly own our faith when we look at God in the same light. I just pray that our adoption of Manyazawal and Mihret reflects even the smallest bit of God's action in choosing and claiming us.

"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has feely given us in the One he loves." Ephesians 1:4-6

So we're actually looking forward to that 22 hour flight from here to Africa, and the 24 hour flight back. Whatever this trip is like, we are FAMILY now, and that's a pretty amazing thing.

God's blessings on you and your family,

Pastor Chris

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