Hi all, this is Mike.
At Mass this morning the priest used the Collect (opening prayer) that we'll all hear this coming Sunday:
O God, who through the grace of adoption
chose us to be children of the light,
grant, we pray,
that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error
but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
In this journey of infertility and endless waiting, it's easy to fall into the lie. It's tempting to enter into the darkness of error and think God has somehow forgotten us, or forsaken us. At a certain point, the absurdity of what seems so arbitrary can really blind us of God's love.
This prayer reminds me that, as one adopted myself in God's grace, I'm called to reject that darkness and error, and embrace the bright light of truth, that God is intimately involved in every aspect of this process. There is nothing arbitrary or uncaring that is happening. It is all part of God's plan, even when I cannot see it becasue I'm standing in the darkness.
And when we finally adopt, and bring home the child God has destined for us from all eternity, I'm pretty sure the darkness will show itself to be the shadow of his hand guiding us.
So, here's the news.
We're getting ready to start the home study process. We haven't moved off of any of the waiting lists we are on, but we figures that since we sent out flyers and business cards with our info to about 50+ folks, we should be ready if anything comes of it. We'll probably be going through that process in July and August. So, lots of paperwork, lots of meetings, and a bit of money. So please say some prayers for us! We'll keep you posted.