This past weekend I had the opportunity to get away (Thank you Rob!!!) and meet up with four other adoptive moms for two days of encouragement, friendship and junk food. It was one of those sweet times where whenever I found myself alone I couldn’t help but whisper, “thank you God!” for the experience. We came from Maryland, Minnesota, Kentucky and Tennessee, with most of us never having met in-person before but all bonded deeply over the adoptions of our children. We have spent much of the past year praying for, crying with and cheering on each other in our various stages of the process. These women truly are some of the bravest people I have ever known and as I drove away Sunday evening, the word benediction came to mind, specifically Numbers 6: 24-26:
The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.
This was my hope and prayer for each one of my friends as they left our setting of serenity and headed back into life’s trials and triumphs.
While I was putting this post together I was reminded of a Franciscan benediction summing up so much of the heart of our weekend and our friendships with each other as well as with the many other adoptive parents within our community. May it bring you encouragement, conviction and direction as it has me.
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done,
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Thank you Cadell, Amber, Amy and Donna for your friendships, honesty and integrity of heart.
All my Love,