Today my heart can't help but be caught up in what is going on with our agency this weekend.
Today 18 women are gathering together to be celebrated as mothers. They come together with the common bond of choosing to place their child with a family. They come from different situations and have different stories, but find comfort in knowing they are not alone in their grief.
As we gathered small gifts for these women, I was continually overcome with the reality that this is why God brought me here. I couldn't believe that more; that God called us to domestic adoption not only to become parents, but so that we could love on and share Jesus with their birth families. What an honor it is to be able to show them our love and appreciation as Mother's Day approaches and they are without their child.
Part of our gift was a note to each mother. It's a difficult task to express your heart on paper to someone you've never met, but I couldn't help but think of how much I love these birth mothers. It's just how to get that across to them without freaking them out! I had been putting off writing this note for weeks.
It just happened that yesterday Owen picked out one of my favorite books for me to read to him. I always cry when reading this book. It's called "God Thinks You're Wonderful" by Max Lucado.
Here is just an excerpt that I want so badly for each of these birth mothers to hear,
"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth... Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.' You have captured the heart of God. He cannot bear to live without you. Let a tear appear on your cheek, and he is there to wipe it."
Please pray with me tonight and tomorrow for these women who have given so selflessly for the sake of their child. Pray for these women who wanted nothing more than to be able to parent their child, but knew they could not. Pray for them that there is healing during this retreat and that they will find great comfort in being together and being celebrated.
Remember Birth Mother's Day, it is the Saturday before Mothers Day!