Grotzke Adoption Update

Waiting.

That summarizes fairly well where we are at in the adoption process. All of our paperwork was sent in at the end of the summer. Now all there is to do is wait for the government offices to make a match with our family. Our adoption agency has kept us informed on how things are moving (or not moving), and we continue to pray for the child that God will bring into our family. Thank you for praying with us!

The Paradox

Instead of looking at books and pictures about the New Testament I looked at the New Testament. There I found an account, not in the least of a person with his hair parted in the middle or his hands clasped in appeal, but of an extraordinary being with lips of thunder and acts of lurid decision, flinging down tables, casting out devils, passing with the wild secrecy of the wind from mountain isolation to a sort of dreadful demagogy; a being who often acted like an angry god—and always like a god. Christ had even a literary style of his own, not to be found, I think, elsewhere; it consists of an almost furious use of the a fortiori. His “how much more” is piled one upon another like castle upon castle in the clouds. The diction used about Christ has been, and perhaps wisely, sweet and submissive. But the diction used by Christ is quite curiously gigantesque; it is full of camels leaping through needles and mountains hurled into the sea. Morally it is equally terrific; he called himself a sword of slaughter, and told men to buy swords if they sold their coats for them. That he used other even wilder words on the side of nonresistance greatly increases the mystery; but it also, if anything, rather increases the violence. We cannot even explain it by calling such a being insane; for insanity is usually along one consistent channel. The maniac is generally a monomaniac. Here we must remember the difficult definition of Christianity already given; Christianity is a superhuman paradox whereby two opposite passions may blaze beside each other. The one explanation of the Gospel language that does explain it, is that it is the survey of one who from some supernatural height beholds some more startling synthesis.

Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Celebrate Life!

Today is our annual Celebrate Life Day. Every year it is a day of mixed joy and pain, laughter and weeping. Every year. This year. We celebrate life today because four years ago Tanzen was born. We celebrate life today because four years ago we almost lost Crystal to her stroke. This year we celebrate life because we have watched our beloved Ita step from this world into her eternal home. 

We take our celebration seriously. Today is not a day that we wallow in sentimentalism or bask in trivialities. 

We will not hold our daughter’s hand and think of how lucky we are.

We will not step into the sunshine with Crystal and forget that she can walk.

We will not relegate Ita’s existence to a place in our hearts or happy memories. Whether or not her memory lives on within me makes no difference. Her existence has not ended.
No. We will take this celebration seriously because we take life seriously. We take eternity seriously. We take joy seriously.
We will not forget that we are more than particles and energy.

We will not forget that every breath we have is a gift. 

We will not forget that evil is real and not an opinion. 

We will not forget that death is painful and will one day be eliminated.

We will not forget that life is hard and tears sting.

Today we celebrate life.
We celebrate because the Maker has given us one more day. We celebrate because he has promised that there is more to come. Celebrate with us!

Circumstances

The real challenge of Christian living is not to eliminate every uncomfortable circumstance from our lives, but to trust our sovereign, wise, good, and powerful God in the midst of every situation.

– Macarthur, Anxious for Nothing