What a wonderful day! I love Easter! One of the neatest traditions at 10th St. is the Easter Parade. For the last 3 years I would watch the little ones march around the church to the tune of "Easter Parade." I would try to imagine our sweetie in the mix, and today we finally got to experience the dream. Lydia has enjoyed having her cousins Josie and Emilie this week for their Spring Break. They have gotten her to crawl (such as it is) by scooting along the floor on her bottom. She is doing her best to keep up with them. We have also enjoyed having cousin Nathaniel here as well. He was sweet enough to help me get her dressed. Church is sweeter when you have kinfolk to sit with.
I have especially enjoyed this Easter season as I look at our growing family with a heart full of thanks. Thankful for our Salvation, our Healing, the Love Christ has given us to share. During Mark's message this morning he held Lydia for a while as he prepared the church for the alter call. What a perfect picture of "adoption" and the gift of salvation Christ brings to us through the Cross. It was very moving. Mark made the statement to the church that we are often seen as "hero's" for opening our hearts and home to Lydia. We're constantly told how "lucky" Lydia is... but the truth is we are the "lucky" (blessed as we see it) ones. We have been given far more than we gave. Adopting Lydia has refocused us all to what is really important in life.
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8