This Christmas, 2014

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family!

We had an awesome Christmas.  We owe a big thanks for our peace this season to a small group we joined from our church that studied “Oremus” by Father Toups.  The study simply reminded us that Christ is actually here, right now, at all seasons.  When we wake up in the morning, when we drive to work, when we labor, when we come home, and when we rest.   He doesn’t take breaks, he tirelessly pursues us.  He reaches out his hand and gives us an opportunity to take it.

God is not monumental and intimidating.  Christmas time proves it, he came in the flesh as a baby.   He is a friend, and we realized in a really important way that he comes this way daily.  All he really wants to do is hold us near and make us feel loved.   Nothing more.  Nothing less.

It’s funny the way Christmas comes and the spirit of the season swells everyone’s hearts and we remember how much we are loved.  When the reality of the matter is that everyday is Christmas.  God pursued His people long before the child in the manger.  He pursues us everyday.  It takes our effort to acknowledge this Love and the rest of the pieces fall into place.

We will trust in your promise and we thank you for coming to earth to prove it.  Thank you for leaving the comfort of your throne and experiencing our pain and our temptation.  Thank you for living among us and experiencing our humanity.  Thank you for your tireless love.

Enjoy the pics from our Christmas!

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A Tireless Persuit – An Advent Message

Yesterday was an important day for our family.  Our adoption home-study renewal.  On paper, it is a formality required annually to be “on the list.”  Emotionally, it is so much more.  It is not a re-commitment – it is a formal proclamation of our tireless pursuit of our child.  The child who we dream about, long for, and can’t wait to endlessly love.

Fitting that this is also the advent season.  A season that should remind all of us that we are tirelessly pursued.  While we wait for Christmas to come, God sits at his kitchen table.  He reflects on his mission of love, and proclaims his commitment to love us tirelessly by sending us his Awesome Son.  God’s social worker asks, “What will you name your Son?”  And with a sparkle in His eye He responds, “His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

So let it be known to our child.  “We tirelessly pursue you. You who deserve life, a secure home, a mother and a father, and a place to find Jesus.”

Blessed Advent.