It’s Tim’s birthday. One of the millions of things that I love about him, is that he’s a generous man with his life. As his mama, I’m going to say things like this. I earned the right. Being a parent is not for the faint of heart. So. It seems only fair that a parent can speak up about the “wonderful” of their sons and daughters.
But. There’s more to the story. There always is.
I was called at age five to adopt. No one talked about adoption or about far away places like Korea. But. I knew. It was the kind of knowing that only can be explained as from God. I prayed for twenty-eight years before Tim came home. There were times I did not see how it could happen or when it could happen. There were times I became discouraged and disappointed when the dream seemed impossible and unrealistic. And. There were times I believed God was at work and had not forgotten the dream put in my heart. There were times friends and family took the time to speak life into my dream. So. The dream stayed alive. And. It happened.
Twenty-six years ago, a woman, who I know is one of the most generous women in the world, gave her son to me. We don’t know each other. But. We do. I think of her every day, but more than ever on Tim’s birthday. I know she’s thinking and praying for Tim right now. I know she’s wondering about him and hoping he’s a good man.
I wish I could tell her,
“He’s not only a good man, but he’s a generous man. He wants the best life for anyone and everyone. It’s your gift in him. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity. I’m changed because of your selfless generosity. I’m grateful beyond words. I know it was the most difficult decision you ever made but you wanted him to have the best life possible. And, if, you could see him now, I know you would see what I see . . . your generosity . . . defining him as a man. Be blessed today, my faraway and unknown, yet, known, best friend, I love you and so does “our son.””
Be extra generous with your life today.
My life verse . . . is about trusting God while we wait . . . and so it became Tim’s life verse too. It’s part of our story as mother and son:
But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength.
They will soar on wings as eagles.
They will run—never winded, never weary.
They will walk—never tired, never faint. (Isaiah 40:31, The Voice)
Praying for you, Leaving the Impossible Behind, Praying hands . . . make me strong; New Beginnings . . . Sacred Place . . . Oceans, The Road Ahead . . . ,One Moment, Moving To Brookings, Oregon and Run Hard and the devotion, God’s Will.
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)