My dear embryonic children,
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:3-6)
Today is your big day! After 10 years of being ‘in limbo’ – being frozen in a tank – today, you have the opportunity to live and fulfill your purpose in sharing the gospel. It’s sad for me to think that, in giving you a chance to live, I’m also giving you a chance to die. You each have a purpose, and one or more of you may have already completed your purpose and will have the unique privilege of going on to Glory without ever being lost here on earth. Each of you have already partnered in sharing the gospel as we’ve talked about you, shared our hopes for you and placed our trust in God for your lives as well as ours. You have provided us hope and increased our faith. A community of believers is strengthened by your very existence. Together, we model God’s love: you are adopted into our family, just as all believers are adopted into God’s family. You are an incredible reminder to me that you can be used of God just by being His child. You don’t have to do anything, you just have to be who He created you to be. What a great lesson you’ve shared.
Of course, I hope that God has big plans for you here on earth. It would seem that He does – He has gone ahead of us and worked every step of this adoption out. We are humbled that God has chosen us to be your parents – to carry you, deliver you, and raise you to be the men and/or women that He designed. 10 years ago, you were created for ‘such a time as this.’ So, settle in. Get comfy. Plan on sticking around for the next nine months. I promise to make your new home the best environment that I possibly can for you. And know, as we do, that whatever happens, God will carry out this good work He’s begun in you.