Advent Devotion

Psalm 118: 24 "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."


Mom: What has been the most Joyful thing that has happened in your short 6 years of life?

Emma: When Jo Jo was born!

Mom: Why do you pick that one?

Emma: Because I didn't have a sister!

Mom: What did you want to do with your new sister?

Emma: I wanted to pinch her cheeks and take her to the park and Jo Jo likes doing stuff with me.


Almost exactly a year after Emma was born, I got a surprise call from our adoption coordinator. It was quite an amazing conversation that is too long to put in this brief devotional. Basically, Emma's birth mom was pregnant again and she wanted the children to be raised together. Did we want another baby? She's due in six weeks. Um, what? This was only 12 months after Emma was born. We were finally getting used to sleeping again. We had a good routine going.


I called Gordon at work and let him know about the call and, of course, we said yes immediately. Laura Jo was our surprise baby that some parents who adopt often have, but we got her in a very different way. Just like Mary was surprised by God's news that she would be having a baby, we were blessed with a most joyful surprise. Laura Jo is the best joyful surprise that our family has had. God very much played a part in how our family was brought together. We wouldn't have it any other way. 

Emma Rawls