The Child

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One year ago today I received the call that Angel was not only ours but that we could go get her the next day. Home. Forever. I was just finishing getting my hair cut and colored. I’ll never forget where I was that day.

The day before I had posted this:

I was sitting in the sanctuary the other day. Praying, listening, being still. As we’ve been experiencing the highs and lows of adoption I was feeling very overwhelmed. I had so much joy in my heart that this little child would, Lord willing, be coming into our home. That my husband and I would have a child together. But at the time I also had the knowledge that nothing was final yet and so at times that caused me to have fear.

As I sat there I looked at the beautiful blue banner on the alter. “For Unto Us A Child Is Born”. Yes, that’s true. For unto us (Hubby and I) a child has been born that will be given to us as our own, to raise and love and guide and nuture. A child that I’ve longed and prayed for for many years.

And then Christ reminded me to not forget the real meaning of that verse. For unto us a Child has been born. Unto me. A sinner – many times I’ve thought the apostle Paul was crazy calling himself the “chief of sinners”. I was the chief of sinners. And still the Child was born. I was reminded that as great and wonderful and amazing as it will be to have a child of our own – there is nothing more sweet than the love of the Christ child. Absolutely nothing – not marriage, not children, not health, not wealth. Nothing greater than sitting there with Jesus remembering all that He had done for me. Nothing greater than His forgiveness. Nothing greater than the hope and peace and joy He brings.

Perhaps you’ve allowed circumstances in your life, the busyness of Christmas or trials and fears to draw your thoughts away from the Christ child. Right now as you read this, commit to that quiet time with Jesus. Turn off the tv and the computer. Turn off your radio or ipod. Turn off your phone (trust me, it’ll be ok!). Sit in the silence of your living room, the sanctuary of a church or an office at work. Whether it be December or June, let us be reminded “For Unto Us A Child Is Born”.

The thoughts that the Lord brought to my heart the day before we received the call to go get our Angel still apply today. Be reminded that today, for you, a Child has been born. As wonderful and amazing as it has been to have her in our life, there is nothing more wonderful than experiencing the love of the Christ Child.

missy

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3 thoughts on “The Child

    Crayl said:
    December 21, 2008 at 12:08 am

    I just got caught up in my blog reading, I am so excited and happy for you! It doesn’t matter how they get here, as long as they arrive! So Congratulations!! I hope you are so very blessed and have a wonderful Christmas with your newly expanded family!

    Kelly said:
    December 21, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Just wanted to wish you well on your first night at home. How awesome that Pip’s going home day is December 21st! Praying for all of you as you settle in with your newest family member.

    I love the pictures of Belle. What a fun big sister she’ll be!

    Blessings~

    learningpatience said:
    December 21, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Amen, sista!

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