Celebrating Jackson…

???????????????????????????????On this day, a special day in the life of Jackson, there is celebration.  Celebrating a little boy we brought into our family more than two years ago.  He turns 7 years old today and is so full of life.  He’s come such a long way in a matter of 26 months – embracing a new family, learning a new language, coming to know who Jesus is, loving school – simply his life has been defined by newness.  But, on this day, a special day for Jackson, I can’t but help think about his birth parents.  There’s a backstory and history with not only Jackson, but our three youngest.  Only a few days old, Jackson’s biological parents took him to the hospital.  It was evident that physically he was struggling.  With a lazy left eye looking inward along with a visible hernia which was present at birth – they had more questions than answers.  It was an unknown situation.  However, with the diagnosis of having a hole in his heart and the uncertainty of raising a healthy boy, something which is highly esteemed in the Asian community, after two days, his parents abandoned him.  Now, a little less than seven years later, his life has dramatically changed.  I’ve read enough books and have heard my fair share of first-hand stories to know, on this day, Jackson’s birthday, thoughts of him will most definitely resonate through the mind of his birth parents.  Perhaps they have pictures of him hidden away at home – hidden because of reprisal by the authorities if they were ever found to have abandoned a child.  Or, perhaps on this day, they remember the face of the little boy lying in the hospital bed in Zhongshan, China, as they walked out of his hospital room peering back for the very last time.  Those images are not easily forgotten.  But, somehow, someway on this special day, I pray God’s comfort in their life.  I pray that God would give them the peace to know their little boy, on the other side of the world, is now part of a family who loves him beyond measure.  And that seven years later, in another place and another culture, he is thriving and he is happy.  On this day, a special day in the life of Jackson, there is a celebration.  Happy Birthday to our little “Bo Bo” – a life that has changed ours and a life that is forever changed.


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Our home is Okemos, Michigan. Our life is the work and ministry of Jesus Christ. Our worship is of God alone. Our goal is to live a supernatural life.

Posted on February 27, 2014, in Family. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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