"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."
- James 1:27
We met on the 20-something-th floor of a government office building. Hard to fathom how many lives have changed so significantly in such an every-day looking room.
We then spent days and nights learning one another’s ways and figuring out how to communicate. Lots of laughter, tears, and stumbling steps forward to a new normal. We went together to learn and experience our son’s first culture. One day took us to the Terra Cotta Army, and another reflection on Isaac Watts’ hymn.
Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,“Return, ye sons of men”:All nations rose from earth at first,And turn to earth again.
A tangible personification of flesh to dust, the Terra Cotta Army of Qin Shi Huang is humbling. Hundreds of life-sized men, each believed to be modeled after a member of Qin’s fighting force, peer with vacant gazes through over 2000 years into our present day eyes. China is clearly a nation that “rose from the earth at first” - ancient in the eyes of man; yet, ephemeral from God’s view. How much more humbling is God’s throne in heaven?
Before the hills in order stood,Or earth received her frame,From everlasting Thou art God,To endless years the same.
God’s sovereign hand has been over us in this journey of growth as a family, and will remain over us as we live our years together. He is home! We are together! We have so much to be thankful for! As the messy living of Cheerios and runny noses fill our days, we pray that eternity and God’s goals fill our souls, and that He may be glorified.
From time immemorial, God is our help, hope, protection and home. Our newly grown family goes forward, with a prayer for our every day:
O God, our help in ages past,Our hope for years to come,Be Thou our guard while troubles last,And our eternal home.