A childless couple was traveling with a group of hopeful parents to Ethiopia to adopt–a culmination of their long struggle to have a child. A friend who had experienced this a few years earlier gave her this warning, “Be prepared–there will probably be a lot of super Christians in the group.”
As Jillian Lauren tells the story her imagination kicked in with visions of judgmental people with bad haircuts and boring wardrobes who were relentlessly upbeat. Because this was going to be a monumental week for her and her husband, she decided to wear long sleeves to cover her tattoos and check her swearing habit–she was determined to make these people like her.
I heard her story on Iowa Public Radio, and I invite you to listen to it in her own words: http://themoth.org/posts/episodes/1425
Two things happened during this monumental week in her life: she got to bring a son home with her, and she found out that she wanted to have more friends who were super Christians.
It’s Christmas this week, and those of us who are super Christians are celebrating God’s love:
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him
will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world,
but to save the world through him.
John 3:16-17 (NLT)
After a stress-filled week with me–with you–would Jillian have had the same response as she did towards her fellow adoptive parents in Ethiopia? I pray that what overflows out of us is the love of God our Father.
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father,
the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources
he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts
as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should,
how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Ephesians 4:14-19 (NLT)
May you have a Merry Christmas as we celebrate God’s love!