The last year has been the happiest of my life! Nine months ago, God gave my wife and me our amazing little Holden. Every single day, my perfect son has brought so much joy to me–even when he has decided for the moment to not be so perfect with his endless antics.
I have to confess that I feel somewhat guilty. While so many have struggled with being trapped in their homes, I’ve been where I am the happiest. My home is filled with the love God blessed us with. It is amazing how much He has added to my home by growing our little family.
The current health crisis has shown me how much love people in this world have for one another. People who have very little to fear protect others by staying at home and wearing masks. Many put themselves at risk so that others in the community can get the care they need. We do a hundred difficult things because we love our neighbors. Those difficult things seem so small when we do them out of love.
Whenever our lives go through major changes–whether it’s becoming a parent or surviving the pandemic–we can learn what we are capable of. Having my son in my life has shown me how capable I am of being a father. Over the last several months, my wife and I have gone through the process of getting our foster care licenses. The idea of adopting a child into my home once seemed impossible, but it feels natural now to add someone new to it. In giving me my son, God has shown me how much space I have in my heart and in my home to fill with love. God has shown all of us how much love there is in the world by inspiring us to do good for one another.
Foster parents get praised for being there to help family, but to most of them, it seems like such a small burden since it is out of love. The world is full of people that do wonderful things because God’s gift of love makes the burden light. God has shown me how much love we have for each other. Of the many, many gifts God has given me, being able to love others has been my favorite.