One Year Ago Today

This morning as I was surfing the web looking for Halloween customes for Odette’s first Halloween I remembered that I posted pictures on the blog of some costumes I liked last year.  I then browsed through old posts and stumbled upon what I wrote on this very day last year.

What a difference a year makes.

On my mind and in my heart

This prayer has been weighing on my heart for a few days now.  I can’t explain how it hits me at all hours of the day and night, except to say that it does.  This is a prayer that we Jeff wrote to include in our announcement folders to family and friends.  Earlier this week I read the devastating news of a family’s referral, their blessed little girl so far out of their arms, passing away before they were able to bring her home.  I ached for them and for that little girl.  There is no comfort any earthly person can provide them.  My mind then quickly turned to our child.  Our child who sits on the other side of world.

A Prayer for a New Homecoming

Dearest Lord, Our Father, as you care for all of your little ones, please remember your littlest ones.  Remember the hungry, the lonely, the hopeless, the uncared for, the orphans of our world.  So many are left with no one, be it disease, war, abandonment or other circumstances that steal the deserved love of a family away from a child.  More than anyone, they need your gentle hand and enveloping love.  Please touch their hearts, and bless them with the peace of Christ Jesus.

As you look out over these children, please watch over the one I pray for now.  It is not important that I know their name, or what they look like, or when I will meet them.  But I know they will be a part of my life, and a part of my heart.  Watch over this dear child; help them to remain in good health, in safety, and in our hearts.  Help us to welcome them with the open arms of a family who count themselves blessed for their homecoming.

Lord, we thank you for your gift of life.  We thank you for our families.  And at this time I thank you for the cherished life of this new person I will soon know.  A person that is called orphan, that will soon be called adopted.  A person that I will soon call a member of my family.

In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen

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