To our sweet Mei,
Your room is ready. Our hearts are ready. Your brothers and sister are ready. In just around a month, we will meet you for the very first time. (And my heart stops beating for a second when I write that line.) What an underserved and awesome miracle God has done in bringing us together!
There are some things we want you to know before you come home. We want you to know that it is ok to cry. That we expect you won't really like us much at first. We are not looking for a fairy tale. Somehow, by a working of God in our hearts, you are already our daughter. We will love you whether you reject us for awhile or embrace us immediately. We will choose, by the grace and strength of God, to love you with the kind of love we have known from Jesus- relentless, pursuing, patient, unending. We will falter in this, most assuredly, but we will not give up. We know we are taking you away from everything you have ever known in your life, and that we cannot even use words yet to explain to you what is happening. It is ok to be scared.
A couple of weeks ago, I was reading in my Bible in the book of Isaiah. God has used many of Isaiah's words to speak right to our hearts as we prepare for you to be a part of our family. This time we felt like God gave us some words just for you. These verses tell about what God has done for His people, through Christ. But they also tell about what is happening to you-
"You will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will bestow
You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand,
a royal diadem in the hand of your God,
No longer will they call you Deserted...
But you will be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her)...
for the LORD will take delight in you...
(You) will be called the Redeemed of the LORD;
and you will be called Sought After,...
No Longer Deserted."
(Isaiah 62: 2b-4a, 12)
Sweet Mei, you have always been loved by God and precious to Him. We want you to know that now you will also be loved by a family. You will be given a new name- the one your birthmother intended for you. We have sought after you ... And we will delight in you. Soon you are coming home.