Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. -Lamentations 3:22-23 I love Bridget Jones' Diaries which some people think is weird since I met Arnold when I was 19 and was married by 22 leaving me little time for singleton adventures. But I don't love her for her because I identify with her, I love her for her resiliency. I love how she shakes off each subsequent disaster, tell herself "inner poise" and gets up to face each new day with renewed energy.
Bridget deals with cruel break-ups and out-of-control parents but real life is even worse than the movies. Real life is death, tragedy, disappointment and heartbreak. There have been days during the adoption process that have been terrible. And there were days that led up to our decision to adopt that were much worse. But every morning, no matter how bad it was the night before we got up and shook off the sadness. I thought of Lamentations over and over again "they are new every morning". I did my best to set my mind on God's goodness and used my frail faith to ask Him to get us through it all. And everyday I saw God's love and compassion, in my husband, in my friends, in my family and even in a silly little puppy that brought joy to my life during a hard time. There were so many days I thought I would be consumed if not for the grace of God.
Everyday now we are closer and closer to Elian and my heart is so full I feel sometimes that I'll burst with joy. I'm so grateful to each of you who encouraged us and accompanied us on this journey. Thank you so much to each of your who were bearers of God's grace which is new every morning.