For a while, I had a button here on the blog asking people to pray for a little girl named Chrissie. She was adopted from Serbia and fought a courageous battle following heart surgery for very severe heart/lung defects. If you have followed my blog for a little while, you may remember my post last month saying that Chrissie had lost her fight. Her story is truly amazing - God used this precious angel to bring so many people from all over the world closer to Him. Chrissie's mom Lorraine shared a slide show of Chrissie's life on her blog and I would encourage you to check it out here. I hope it will touch you as much as it did me.
I love one of the quotes that is part of the slide show...
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."
— C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)
Our life is pretty simple right now, we could keep it that way - continue to enjoy a life with few responsibilities or commitments, freedom to come and go as we choose, somewhat self-centered, by all accounts an enviable life. It's a good life and one we enjoy. Instead, we are going to make ourselves vulnerable - open our hearts to a child who may be the source of some of our greatest joys and greatest heartaches - a child who will change our lives in ways that we can not imagine. We will be vulnerable and human, but isn't that what makes life worth living?