I have inherited Your testimonies forever,
For they are the joy of my heart.
I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
Forever, even to the end.
Psalm 119: 111, 112

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Gifts

Another Christmas come and gone... but not really gone. Christmas for us is a time that remains in our home and hearts as the Holy Spirit reveals Himself to our family each day. We awake every morning with the knowledge that Jesus came to earth as a humble infant, completely dependent on His Father God for all things. Much like us, yes?! What a glorious gift; JESUS! God made man. Stepping down into darkness bringing light into this crazy world!
We absolutely LOVE Christmas and the joy of celebrating our Savior's birth!

Yet - the darkness still eminates from the regions of the earth where Jesus is not allowed to enter the hearts of man...

I can't help but be filled with sorrow as I think of the inexplicable tragedy of the ban on American families adopting from Russia. Hundreds of thousands of children are institutionalized there, in orphanages that lack proper or any sources of heat in the winter, cooling in the summer, water to drink, food to nourish growing bodies, and medicine to bring comfort and health. Worst yet, the lack of loving care is evident in the absence of emotion and even physical strength in these precious children. What happens now to the families who have children in Russia still? What happens to those sweet babies? My heart breaks. Please pray with me for these families and children, and for the hearts of those in Russia who can make a difference and change this awful, political move.

Christmas remains true, no matter what others want to believe, or try to disprove. Jesus came to this world to set us free. He is our Redeemer and He has already been victorious. We reflect on this reality as we think of Christmas in other areas of the world. Russia. Vietnam. Romania. Africa. Our little boys will celebrate Christmas in Ethiopia on January 7th. They may have only one gift this year, besides the gift of Jesus. We are so thrilled that the one other gift is the knowledge that they have a family waiting to take them in and smother them with love and God's truth!!! May the waiting be short-lived, Lord, and may Your will continue to be done here on earth as in heaven. Your Kingdom come!

In His Loving Grip,

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