Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sometimes...


I heard about a moment of grace today. One of those moments that meets you where you are but leaves you never the same again.

There's this couple who have been trying to have children for over fifteen years – you name it they have attempted it – all options and efforts have met with abject and heart-wrenching failure. Their sadness has been unspeakable. But just last week they adopted 3 children – they have all this love that for reasons not known to me they cannot give to a child born to them. So they are adopting an entire family. 3 children who no longer have their parents now have a new home and family. The children have been in care for some time since mum and dad died and this couple couldn’t bare to see the 3 of them separated so they took them all…

Just sometimes I am reminded that there is still a goodness in this world that I cannot put into words worth following, sometimes….

19 comments:

Rainbow dreams said...

wow... that leaves me with a lump in my heart for all the losses in there, and for all the hope and love too.

Life sure is a mystery I don't think we're supposed to understand - so painful, yet I'm thankful the children could stay together and make a family whole...

Thank you for sharing

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Layla said...

Paul,
Thanks for sharing this beautiful story...These children now have the opportunity to not only stay together but to have loving new parents. Amazing grace.
Barbara

MJ said...

That is really quite awesome. What a great thing! Lord bless them..although I suspect he already did.

Mr. Althouse said...

That's really nice. You're right - there is good in the world. And it's not too hard to find, all wee need do is look for it.

Mike

Nice to see you back, Paul.

Ellen said...

Your story is the true definition of heroism. Their lives may not have unfolded the way they wanted, but it shows there was a higher purpose for them to be here. They were here to do good deeds, and they fulfilled that duty, and thensome.

These are the stories that I like to hear about, rather than the so-called heros of sports and Hollywood. I go away with a smile on my face after reading this post, as it gives me a good feeling to know that there are kind and warm people out there... a misguided art in a world filled with war and hate.

I'm so glad you're posting again, Paul.... your posts give me tremendous inspiration and hope.

Awareness said...

A well known poem, but the one that automatically came to mind when I read your post. I can't imagine how many wounds will need to be healed in order to lay a new foundation of trust through love.......it can happen........it will be a challenge, one which seems to be predestined? One never knows the destination of a mystery.

I love that these kids are staying together.........it warms my heart....

If children live with hostility,
they learn to fight.

If children live with ridicule,
they learn to be shy.

If children live with tolerance,
they learn to be patient.

If children live with encouragement,
they learn confidence.

If children live with praise,
they learn to appreciate.

If children live with fairness,
they learn justice.

If children live with security,
they learn faith.

If children live with approval,
they learn to like themselves.

If children live with acceptance, and friendship,
they learn to find love in the world.

May this new family of five find themselves surrounded by unconditonal love as they begin their journey together.....

d.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

i think it was Blake who said that we were here to learn to endure beams of love - maybe this story is prayer - a place of intimate resting?

Every now and then people come along who are kind and loving and humble enough to allow grace to touch us - to bring us (woo us) to that place where the struggle somehow makes sense and a ray of truth and beauty shines through frosted glass, just enough for us to see more clearly who we are, and where we find our place in the journey. This coupe and their selfless (and slightly mad in a beautiful way) express the hopes and dreams of pilgrims who are travelling the road of heart and not convenience..

there, i think that said it better than the original post

all of your comments encourage me greatly - thsi was always meant to be a site that told tales that helped in some fashion - have decided it is good to have cyber friends - the downer is beer cannot be shared face to face

gracious amigos

Niki said...

It was Blake; I knew A Level Eng Lit would come in handy...
I don't really feel I can comment, since I am only really a child myself who is completely naive to all the trials connected to children from the perspective of (hopeful) parents.
aloha

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

hey, see you knew deep down that english stuff would be useful - i thought it was but wasn't going to be so sure when i wasn't, thanks

ps.....we all have a right to comment

Niki said...

We may all have a right to comment, but perhaps not all the experience.

gordon said...

thanks for that post... that was awesome to hear those kids have a home now.....

Society's Elite said...

thanks for that post... that was awesome to hear those kids have a home now.....

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gordon said...

sorry for all those comments.. something wrong with my PC....

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

gordon, no worries - having problems with my mac also

it is good, from within a world of tragedy, that there are moments of goodness that help us walk on...

Anna said...

What a true and vivid picture of grace. I have felt that grace on me and it changed my life forever. I can only hope that I show it to others so freely. Sounds to me like God is reconciling both families into His plan for them...what a blessing.

There is a lot of good in this world Paul. What a wonderful reminder for us all.

Carmi said...

There really is goodness in the world. Both in the deeds of others, and in the writing of those who observe.

You have a wonderful way of viewing the world, and I'm so glad I found your blog (via Anna's...)