11 years ago our daughter-in-law from Vietnam began the process to come here as the wife of our son. It took over 5 years and countless trips to the capitol city of Ho Chi Minh, to answer questions and be interviewed about their paperwork, before her Visa was finally approved to come here. We rejoiced that her Green Card was finally issued then.
And now 6 years later, she finally passed all of the tests to become a US citizen. Today they went to the courthouse in Chicago for the swearing-in ceremony! And my heart is full to overflowing with Gratitude.
During the years before she was able to come to America, my heart learned about waiting and praying and crying, as our hopes were dashed time and again. But always, the Lord whispered in my heart,
“Don’t give up. She will join your family one day. She will make her home there, across the ocean.”
And as the days turned into years of waiting, I glimpsed the heart of my Lord in a way I had not seen before. As I waited, I knew that He waits also.
But not for a country on this earth. No, He is waiting for the day that we will join HIM there, in our true home in Heaven.
This earth was never meant to be our final home. There are days we live as if we are tied to these houses and ways and things, forgetting that all of this will pass away. And the Child who came to be with us on that very first Christmas, came to make the way opened for us to someday join Him in our true home. We were created for more than this.
Heaven is our true home.
Jesus paid the way
and bought our
make our hearts
ready for Heaven’s
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ”
We have been blessed with
here on this earth
to paint a picture
of the larger
Family of God
He invites each one.
And for all of you who have had a part in praying for our son and daughter-in-law over those years, YOU have a part in this family’s gratefulness today!