I got a lot of words of encouragement last night...but one email is just sticking with me.  J...I know you said it wasn't is.  I love you for taking the time to write it and for caring about us!!

I just wanted to share something I read in Jeremiah yesterday morning.

The city of Jerusalem is under siege.  People are dying of starvation.  The city is going to fall any day.  The Babylonians will take over, destroy everything, take everything, kill many, and lead the rest to captivity in Babylon.  Things are looking really bad.

Right in the midst of this, Jeremiah's cousin comes to him and asks him to buy his field.  Buy his field?  This is a ridiculous idea and would be a stupid thing to do.  Jerusalem and all it's people are going down any day.  Everything is going to belong to the King of Babylon - including every field.  What in the world?  Why buy a field right NOW?  What a waste!

But God tells Jeremiah to buy the field.  It appears to be a very foolish thing to do.  But God tells Jeremiah that He wants him to do it because He wants it to be a sign to the people that "someday people will again own property in this land and will buy and sell houses and vineyards and fields...fields will again be bought and sold in this land about which you now say, 'It has been ravaged by the Babylonians, a desolate land..."

While I was reading and thinking about this passage, it struck me that here is an example of a time when God calls someone to do something that in all appearances turns out looking like a failure - like a stupid thing to do.  Sure enough the Babylonians conquered and Jerusalem fell.  Jeremiah bought that field, but no success story seen. 

It brought to mind your situation with Older Boy.  I know that you most certainly sensed God's call and guidance to have the boys in your home.  Yep, He told you to buy the field.   And now, you might be prone to look at the current situation as failure.  But God is doing bigger things, has a bigger picture in mind.  Loving Older Boy as you have, surrounding him with support and people cheering for him - all that he has experienced in your home - none of it is a waste.  It wasn't foolish.  It wasn't a failure.  It was God in you extending grace and love.  He's used you to paint of a picture of His care and compassion.  Now..."the city" is falling, things are looking not so good - but we can trust Him with the rest of the story.

Reading it again...I start to cry...thank you J...a thousand times...thank you.
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