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A Party for Our Son

by Dan Cruver Published May 31, 2012

Guest post by Jeremy Statton. Jeremy is and orthopedic surgeon, writer, and an adoptive parent. You can connect with him at his blog, Living Better Stories, or on Twitter.

Everyone likes a good party.

There are all sorts of celebrations. Birthday parties. Graduation parties. Anniversaries. Parties to celebrate life.

We are a people made to celebrate. Most of the time, all we need is an excuse.

My wife and I had the opportunity to witness the most incredible party we have ever seen. And we weren’t even there. It happened on the other side of the world in China.

It was a party for our soon to be adopted son.

We began this journey of adoption just over one year ago. A relatively short time by most adoption standards. As we walked down the road we fell in love with someone that we had never seen.

Initially we wanted a girl, but when we saw his face on the agency website, we asked to look at his file. It was too much. Who could say no? We requested him. China said yes, and we took another step on the journey.

While we wait just a few more months, we discovered a service there that will help you throw a party for your waiting child called Red Thread China. There are different packages, but they help you throw a party for your child to celebrate what is about to happen in his life.

The most important part is that for a moment, and perhaps for the first time in his life, he is the center of attention.

As his parents who see him and know him and love him, we are celebrating the work of adoption which is basically done. Everything is approved. It is just a matter of time.

It is a party that declares to the entire world, that we love him, and one day soon, we are coming to get him.

But the party is celebrating something bigger than him. It is about unconditional love.

Although we have already embraced him in our hearts, we anticipate the moment when his adoption is made complete. We are celebrating that day when we get to hold him in our arms for the very first time. The day that he calls mom and dad and we call him son.

The day that we look into his eyes and tell him that we love him and that we are never letting go of him. Ever.

As I look at this picture, this glimpse of what is to come, I can’t help but consider what it must be like for God waiting for us in heaven.

The deal has been made. Jesus has died and risen. The price has been paid, and sins have been forgiven. We are the adopted children of God.

I am the orphaned son wearing the pink shirt and the Hi-5 crown on my head. I am shoving cake into my face not even knowing exactly what I am celebrating, but I understand in the deepest part of my soul that it is good.

While we wait, God is throwing us a party of our own. That party is our lives. All that we have. All the good things he has given us to enjoy. His creation. Stories we have heard about him. The truth that we are indeed his children and that he will one day come get us. These are his gifts to his children.

Every day of our lives is a party, celebrating the reality of our adoption. Today is a chance to eat cake and sing songs and share our joy with others. Today is about His love for us. One day soon he will come and we will be with him. Forever.

But we aren’t home yet, and some days it feels like anything but a party. We are still stuck in the orphanage living with all of the other orphans. Eating bland food. Wearing hand me downs that don’t match. Sharing toys and care givers.

It feels this way because no adoption is complete until the Father and son are together.

And when that day comes, this little party of expectation that we experience now, will pale in comparison to the celebration on that day. The day that His love for us is complete and we go home to be with him.

While we wait, we get the chance to share His love with others. Especially orphans who need a family of their own.

  • Linda S.

    Beautifully said…all of it! Can’t wait for you to get him home!
    Linda S.

  • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

    Me neither. Thanks, Linda.

  • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

    Absolutely awesome. Praying for you Jeremy, and ALL of your family. Can’t wait until you are united together!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tammyhelfrich

    Beautiful! Very excited for you. My cousin adopted a boy an a girl from China. Watching their journey was one of the neatest things to experience. Praying for all of you!

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