i can't perfectly explain it, but somehow experiencing adoption that year made the christmas story even clearer---at least for me it did.
God sending His son so that we might be brought into His family.
brought as if we always belonged.
welcomed and wrapped up in unimaginable love.
baby Jesus gifted to this undeserving, undignified and unbecoming world ... that we might become sons and daughters of the King.
adopted and redeemed because God loves us that much.
in no way is it a perfect analogy, but this earthly adoption of our daughter allowed me a deeper understanding of how much we were wanted in heaven.
"this is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son
into the world that we might live through Him." ~ 1 john 4:9
i made this video 7 years ago ... bella's first christmas home.
merry first christmas bella