Today we celebrate one year that Henry has been on American soil with his forever family. I will never forget the anticipation in the airport after landing for the older brothers to arrive on their plane and reunite with us, meeting Henry for the first time. It was an emotional time as our family was truly made complete. Little did Henry know what life would be like with us, nor we with him, but we truly are blessed and thankful for all that God has done.
As we remember our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a family this Christmas, we are very mindful of how God Himself came down in the form of a tiny baby, was entrusted to earthly parents to help fulfill a huge divine plan, and the depth of love and grace that bound them all together. Henry has a good bit in common with Jesus in that they both left the homes they knew to become part of a new family to experience many changes and hardships, all with God's best in mind to accomplish a beautiful plan. Both Jesus and Henry, and indeed, all of us, shine bright in a dark world as we accept and fulfill God's will for our lives.
As we muddle along some days still to adjust to life together, we are growing in so many ways...forgiveness, mercy, understanding, surrender, humility, unconditional love, patience, and on and on. Jesus was God in all His fullness, so this Christmas, we are incredibly thankful that He came into our darkness to shine His light, into our brokenness to make us whole, and into our dying to give us life. Without Him we can do nothing, but with Him, all things are possible. Herein lies our hope on the good days, but especially the harder ones when we wonder why this process has to be so messy. And while we know God has great things in store for our Henry and family, we are learning to embrace the ordinary of each day as a valuable part of His plan, to see God in the flesh as He lives and moves within and through us to do His will.
"The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth" John 1:14 (NIV).
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" Galatians 2:20 (ESV).
Merry Christmas for God IS with us!!!