Thursday, April 09, 2009

My Redeemer LIVES!

I really have a deep sense of unity and bond with the body, or church, of Christ on Christian holidays. Something just amazes me about the fact that not only is my family honoring and remembering Christ on a particular day, but so are others all around the world. Others that I have no common bond with, I don’t speak their language or eat their food. I don’t look like them or live under the same circumstances, but I am bonded to them in an unexplainable way. One day I will be ushered into the presence of God and worship the great I Am with every tribe and nation and all these differences won’t matter. There’s something powerful about that. I was reminded this past Sunday, Palm Sunday that the Kenyan’s, Filipinos, Peruvians, and Panamanians were doing the same thing that our church body was doing. Probably swaying Palm Branches and reading the account of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

“The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the King of Israel!”
John 12:12-13

It made the beginning of the Holy Week all the more special. Holy week is such a special time in the Christian calendar. It really sums up the hope that’s found in being a follower of Christ. As Good Friday approaches, I hope all who read this take time to reflect Christ sacrifice on the cross and the glorious hope that’s found in that empty tomb!

“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”
Luke 24:1-6

Last year I listed my favorite song on this Easter post. This year I’m switching it up and posting the video to my second favorite song!
Check out the song and video here…..


Sunday, April 05, 2009

4 referrals this month!

I am so excited for the Bethany families that got referrals this month. It was a little disappointing not to see any families getting referrals last month, so I am over the moon that children are getting forever families and families are getting gifts from above. Congrats to everyone.
This also means we move up on the list!!! By my calculations, we could get a referral by the end of summer. But hey, who am I to calculate? The last time I calculated I would be getting a referral this month! Anything can change with international adoption. But I'm praying for loads of referrals each month.