Saturday, August 9, 2008

Named: Hosanna

Taken May 12 or 13, just a few days after Anna's arrival at the care center.

Hossanna (Acoustic) - Hillsong

Hosanna. Do you know what it means? It is a cry that meant "He Saves!" A cry of adoration and praise. It is a word that has come to mean a shout of fervent and worshipful praise. Which is exactly what I do whenever I see this face.

But there is more to the story than that.

More than a year ago, a word kept coming to me during prayer. Hosanna. I didn't really know what it meant, but I knew that it was a term of praise. So I prayed, and I praised, and I trusted God that whatever it was He was trying to tell me would become clear.

About the same time, I began to seriously research international adoption. I looked at several different countries, trying to find one that I would be eligible to adopt from as a young single parent, but I didn't consider Ethiopia. In fact, I kind of already settled on a country. It was okay, but I didn't feel the way I thought I would feel.

Then one day, someone mentioned Ethiopian adoptions. So I began to look and research and within the course of an evening, I fell in love. I felt connected to this country, these people, in a way that I didn't feel with the other countries I considered. I began to do more research and formulate a tentative agency list.

All this while, I kept praying and praising. Thank you, Lord! Hosanna! Praise you, God, for your goodness! I never even considered that this praise was linked to my adoption journey.


I was almost 100% sure that it would be Ethiopia. The only thing holding me back was my own fear of "falling in love too fast" and not slowing down to consider every angle.

That is when I saw that Hosanna is a town in Ethiopia.

Most recent photo, take August 6 or 7, wearing an outfit that I sent!

All systems were go from that moment forward. I knew it would be Ethiopia for me. And once I received Sparrow's referral, I knew she was the child God intended for our family: counting back, I had started hearing the word and praying the word "Hosanna" shortly after she was born. All those months when I had no clue what that was all about, I was actually praying for her, unbeknown to me!

How great God is! I love that He revealed this name to me... this Ethiopian name, well before I ever knew it would be Ethiopia, but at just the right time to begin praying over Sparrow's life.

Even more, I love that this is a cry of praise- a cry of "He Saves!" This adoption journey is not about me "saving" Anna, but rather, it is a celebration of the wonderful grace we are given through Jesus- it is a testimony to the glorious love that fills us as we abide in the Father!

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him... We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:16-19

We can abide in this love because He has saved us- what a gift, the gift of salvation!

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

Eph. 2:4-5

This love that He gives us... this love that empowers and enables us to love others... this is the same love with which he adopted us to himself. This is the perfect love to be the foundation of this adoption. God calls us his children. And because of His love, because of His salvation, this journey has come full circle; because of my great love for her, I call Anna my child.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

1 John 3:1

Hosanna! Praise God! He Saves! He saved me- He continues to save me! And He is offering this gift of salvation to each of us- even to my Anna. And through this gift of salvation, I give love. And through giving this love, God has led me down the path He had prepared for me.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Eph. 2:8-10



The Roberts Family said...

Love this post and these precious pictures!! Thanks for sharing more of your journey with us. She is such a petite sweetie! How fun. Your back will be just fine. :) Blessings~ Shelly

coffeemom said...

LOVE This! And the pics!! And love it when we can see the finger of God at work, it's the coolest thing ever and one of the greater gifts. How amazing! wonder-full!

She Who Waits... said...

I have been reading your blog for quite some time now. My husband and I are considering IA and your post on Hosanna has brought me to tears. What a blessing!

Amber said...

Great post! It's amazing how God works in our lives. She looks so cute in the outfit you got her.
Thanks for sharing!

The Albertsons said...

Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your journey to your Anna... praising HIM with you...

Teresa said...

I love how He brought you and Anna together. Perfect! She is so beautiful. I can't wait to see the first picture of you, Anna and Abigail all together as a family. Soon.

jendabi said...

what a beautiful little you have two! congratulations to you and your daughter on your new daughter/sister!

Ellen said...

Beautiful pictures and story. I can't wait to read more.


Mamá to the best 2 said...

so awesome!! and I LOVE the new pics -- she is so incredibly adorable!

Jordan said...

Oh my word, she is just adorable! Abigail is going to have a blast tickling and dancing and dressing her up! Praying you can be patient and calm until she is in her MOMMA's arms! Emily

Melinda said...

Congratulations Grace on your beautiful new daughter! I am so happy you are finally on your way to getting her. I love her names. So beautiful!!!

Sharla said...

What a wonderful gift to be able to give your daughter a name with such beautiful meaning and thought. She is absolutely gorgeous, by the way!