Yesterday was Tim’s birthday. And, per usual, I will review a bit of the story . . .
Tim was born in Seoul, Korea during the summer Olympics. Though he was across the sea from us, love for Tim came head on at us. It’s amazing when love happens before meeting face to face.
Love has no bounds.
I was called at age five to adopt. No one talked about adoption or about far away places like Korea.
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.
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.
The dream stayed alive.
Part of the dream included a beautiful woman I’ve never known.
And, yet, we know each other.
I think about her often, especially on Tim’s birthday. I know she’s always 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 my faraway and unknown friend. I love you.
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)
While we waited for his homecoming, I knew life would change; however, I could never have estimated the incredible impact Tim has had in my life. Each chapter of his life has always ended with the blessing of a stronger love for one another.
God gives us the gift to love one another. It’s an incredible gift.
A gift of love beyond measure in my life.
At the end of the day love is the story meant for every. single. human-being. May your story be filled with the gift of love–Kerrie
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Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2017 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED