I had trouble sleeping last night due to pain in my right hip. But I was thinking of
how grateful I was that my left hip was painfree. 6 months ago I underwent major reconstructive surgery on that left hip and it was quite an experience. My pelvic bone was cut in three places, repositioned, and screwed back together. Since the pelvic bone is so large, there was a lot of bleeding involved. In fact, I had to receive 3 blood transfusions over the course of my recovery in the hospital. I was told that I received more new blood than the average body generally holds, which means that every last drop of my old blood was gone from my body and replaced with new blood, given to me by someone else. This really got me thinking about my new life in Christ Jesus. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2Corinthians 5:17) Just as someone had to give up their blood, in order that I might live physically, Jesus had to give up His life in order that I might live spiritually. Just as my old blood left my body and was replaced with new blood, so my old life has left me and been replaced with new life, given to me by Christ. It is by the power and strength of His life, His Holy Spirit in me, that I am now able to live. When I think about that old blood that left my body, I am quite disgusted because (My apologies to the squeamish…) I saw that old blood as I watched the nurses empty the drain container and change multiple bandages. Not only was that blood obviously contaminated….(puss…YUCK!) but I thought also of all of the unseen germs it became contaminated with as it was exposed to the outside world. So it is also with our old life, contaminated with sin, both obvious and unseen. But the new life Jesus has given is pure and healthy like the new blood that was transfused into my body. Clean and free from any contamination. When Jesus gives us new life, our old life is put to death. Death. Just as old blood, contaminated by the outside world, dries up and no life remains in it. Sometimes we forget that our old life is dead and we pick it up and try to live by it’s power. But it is powerless. No life remains in it. It is dried up, gone. It can not keep us alive. So I want to urge all of you…forget about reaching for that old, contaminated, powerless life, and instead grab hold of the life that is pure, and has the power to keep us alive for all eternity. The new life given to us by Jesus Christ. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to HIS POWER that is at work WITHIN US, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20,21)
We are waiting for our court date in Ethiopia. Hoping to bring our boys home in the next few months. We know it will be about five weeks after our court date before we can travel over to get them, but no news yet as to when our court date is. It’s a hard wait. Our agency just sent us some new photos of them and it makes us even more ready to bring them home. Can’t wait to share their photos with everyone! Hopefully soon!!