Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday Challenge - Count your blessings

We waited to see if the Saints would win before we wrote this week's Sunday challenge... and we are so glad we did.

We never really weighed in on the "pro-life" controversy of the Tebow ad, but we'd like to weigh in now.

One of our nephews is adopted and he is biracial. About two years ago, we took a day off from work to go and watch Barack Obama's inauguration as the first African American president, the first biracial president. All politics aside, we wanted to share that moment with a special little boy. Watching the inauguration, our brother-in-law said to him "you look like the president." "I know. They tell me that at school," he responded with a glint of pride.

This year we got to take him to see his first Gator game to see his hero, Tim Tebow, play at the Swamp. What a great moment it was to emerge from the vom and then hear him gasp on that first glimpse of the stadium in all its shining orange glory.

Tuesday, we talked to him and he was so excited to have seen Tim Tebow give the closing prayer "for the president."

So as Saints fans, we sat and watched the game with him. But beforehand as we started to eat our pizza, he was asked to give the blessing. His reply, "I'd like to say it at the end, like Tebow." So for the first time in our family's history the blessing was given at the end of the meal and not the beginning.

A few minutes into the first quarter, our nephew yelled out, "it's Tim Tebow! It's Tim Tebow!" First with the president, and then in a Super Bowl ad.

It may seem insignificant, but like a mighty oak, dreams start as small seeds and then grow over time. We don't know why our nephew's birth mom chose to have him, and we don't know why she chose adoption for him. All we do know is that we will be eternally grateful.

At the end of the evening he saw grown men cry over a football game, and even though he didn't realize the magnitude of the Saints winning the Super Bowl, he now knows that if it's worth celebrating, it's worth crying over too.

Count your blessings, great and small "and do not despise small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin..."

Go Gators! Go Saints!

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