Sunday, November 4, 2007

"I want to go home."

On my mom's bad days, which usually involve crying, confusion, and helplessness, she has begun saying that she wants to go home. Of course, every family member took turns interpreting what they think my mom really means when she talks about going home. My dad, and probably the majority of my family, have chosen to believe that my mom means she wants to go back to how she was before Alzheimer's invaded her mind. I've never thought this conclusion was accurate, yet refused to believe my gut feeling that my mom might want to go to her eternal home.

As I listened to our pastor, Matt Chandler, preach, the Lord softly spoke to me about my mom's urge to go home. 2 Corinthians 5:1-3 says, "For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked." Our bodies are not our home. This earth is not our home. I believe that my mom knows her Heavenly Father is at home and waiting for her. I can only pray that I will feel the peace she does when I have finished the race and am ready to go home.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Wheeler's Journey

I have been wrestling with the Lord for the past hour, trying to make sense of why I was awaken at 5:30 am on a Saturday morning with the feeling I was being called to share this story. As usual, the Lord won our wrestling match. So, I am trusting that the Lord will speak to you through this story as He has spoken to me.

Lindsey and Chris Wheeler are the sister and brother-in-law of one of my friends, Lauren Pardue. During Friday morning girls meetings and our young married Home Group, Lauren has been sharing their story over the past four months. And, what an incredible journey this has been!

Lindsey and Chris have been following the Lord's calling to adopt a child from Guatemala. They are faithfully living out God's commandment that we (Christ Followers) are to obey. A verse that comes to mind when I think of the Wheeler's is James 1:27, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Though they have faced hardships that would have made some people turn back, Lindsey and Chris press onward toward their calling.

Because I could never share, quite as eloquently as Lindsey and Chris, their heart and passion for this mission, I am asking you to take a few minutes to visit their blog:

http://thewheelerjourney.blogspot.com/

I pray you will join with me in supporting this amazing couple as they continue to fight for their child.