Thursday, March 16, 2006

The greatest of these is...hope

I have been thinking about things lately, and reflecting. I have a pretty good commute to and from work--about 25-35 minutes with no traffic--so I have lots of time for ruminating. :) Specifically, this week I was listening to a Christian radio program and the guy was talking about suffering. It got me to thinking. Are we suffering through this adoption process? No.

I thought of how little disappointment we have actually had. No miscarriages. No children placed with us and then removed back to their birthparents. Our entire process has been one of hope, not disappointment, and it will continue to be that. I think of the many families around the world, particularly in countries of war or civil unrest. I think of the mothers who have watched their children be torn from their arms...sold into slavery, conscripted into the army or rebellion forces...or worse. Things could be so much more painful, and for many others they are.

I am so grateful to be in a place where all I can do is hope.

Thank you, Lord, for hope.


Hiker Girl said...

To say, "Amen" sounds so churchy, so false and somehow trite, so I sat here for a few moments, trying to think of the appropriate words to say... something that would express the peace I am learning to have, the reverence and recognition for all that happens in the world that I do not taste or touch or suffer through... something that would say, "How sweetly your thoughts sum up that reverence and respect! How tender is your testimony of humility and faith! How true is His sustenance and grace!" But nothing adequately says what my heart feels when I read your words. So, I say, "Amen" in the most heart-felt and sincere way I can, hoping that the depth is not lost in the word.

Kim & Brad said...

Hi Mark & Courtney,

I know exactly where you are coming from. I have a 30 minute commute to and from work everyday. To much time to think!! I also drive by my agency on the way to and the way home from work. Just can’t get away from it. We need to remember that God has a plan for all of us and we have to wait our turn. That’s the worst part!!


Julie said...

Obviously, I don't know exactly what you're going through. I almost wish our life was different so that I could understand better.

I have to remind myself that we too are going through an unknown season of life. A period of waiting. What's going to happen next? Is there going to be a life change? Are we to remain content where we are for the next couple of years?

Anyway, back to you. I was so proud when I read your post. I think that hiker girl said it best with a heartfelt Amen!

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