|To his forever family (our first family photo)|
"I was in China for a decade. . . . I am with you forever."
Anthony Meledeo, March 8, 2013
He physically joined our family on January 14, 2013
These words spoken, by my newly adopted 8 year old son into iTranslate on my iPhone, pretty much left me speechless. My husband will attest to the fact that that is difficult to achieve. :) My heart skipped a beat and tears welled up in my eyes as I mutely acknowledged his precious precious words. The fact that he understands what it means to be adopted is a gift from God.
He knows he is part of our family forever.
He knows we chose him, regardless of any imperfections.
He knows we love him unconditionally.
As a part of our family forever, he will now receive part in any blessing and inheritance that comes to our family.
I know it has been said before, but what a perfect picture of our adoption by our heavenly Father. In the moment I heard these words from Anthony, the beauty of what Christ's sacrifice and blood did for us became so clear to me. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die on a cross for our sins. He chose us, despite our sin and imperfections, to become His children and co-heirs with Christ.
I pray that one day very soon, Anthony will see that his adoption is picture of spiritual adoption, understand it and accept Jesus as his Savior, the one who shed His blood for us that we might live forever as children of God!
I am so thankful that God can use my own children's adoption to remind me daily of his love for me and Christ's sacrifice. What a blessing!
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time." (I Peter 1:3-5, NIV)
'For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:31-39, NIV)