I daydreamed of this moment. I hoped to be able to sign to Joy –
“See these pictures? See those shirts everyone is wearing? See that sign? All those people love you. All these people in this picture are saying, “I love you, Joy!”
I prayed for this moment.
“…How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11
My new dream is of the day signing “Jesus loves me, this I know,” goes from a fun thing for Joy to mimic to a life-changing reality for her.
I pray that Joy will know the love of Jesus.
And look at all these faces I’ll be able to point to – her first examples of Jesus’ love in our family, friends, old cheerleading coaches, 6th grade buddies…
That first week in China, when we were grieving, certain that Joy would never be able to understand us or sign back or walk or smile, I never could have imagined, only four months later, I’d have this happy, healthy, miracle smiling back at me and signing the sign we hoped she’d see.
Check out that right hand. She may not fully understand how special you all are for a while, but I do. She may not know how much God loves her yet, but He does.
For Him and for you I will never have enough thank yous. But, thank you.
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
All your works praise you, Lord;
your faithful people extol you.
They tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might
so that all people may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.”