Christmas Time

Monday, September 24, 2007

i went to court today...

this morning after dropping henry off at school ross and the girls and i headed down to the juvenile court. around 9:30 the state of arizona accepted the petition for the adoption of baby zach. though he has been part of our family since april, it is now official!!

it was such a blessing to be able to support tod and catherine in their adventure of parenting. their adoption of zach stands as an up close and personal example of what, through Christ, God has done for us.

"In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves." Ephesians 1:5

during the hearing the representative of the court asked tod and catherine questions regarding the adoption. one of her questions was if they understood that by adopting him he now has all the rights and privileges of a natural born child and if they believed this to be in zach's best interest. this statement included that zach would now have all the rights of inheritance. of course they acknowledged these things and everything was approved and accepted.

i knew all along the spiritual implications of this adoption but today i thank the Lord for what he has done for me. i watched tod and catherine hold their son and with full emotion legally take him as their own. this precious child belongs to tod and catherine now and therefore he is the heir to their promise to love and care for him as their son.

as christians, we have assurance much like what the courts gave zach today. we are heirs, His heirs.

"If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29

thank you, God for loving us so much that through Jesus you adopted me as your own. thank you for allowing me the privilege of being your heir. thank you for doing what is in my best interest. thank you for zach and for the reminder that he is and what you have done.


Ross said...

Great post, sweetheart. I love you!

Aust Family said...

Congrats to you and your family...and blessings to all, especially little Zach! What a lucky little fella!

Laurie said...

Happy Birthday Daphne! We thanked God for you today! HOpe your day was fabulously special!

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