Today I had the privilege to go with my friends, the Burns’ Family, to Nagoya station where I was able to witness and capture via photos/video the moment they met their new, adopted child, Emi-chan!
It was a new experience for all of us, but I was honored to be asked to be a part of such a personal and emotional experience for them. The joy and nervousness and excitement and love in their faces and voices throughout the day were awesome to behold. It really reminded me how so much of love is about the commitment to willfully love and serve and wait in the midst of messy and unpredictable circumstances. It is a promise of future fidelity. "When will the baby get here." "What will she look like." "Will everything go as planned." "Where in the world do we find a parking spot?" "What do I do with a baby girl?"
And to think that this has been over a year in the works and there has been no preparation in the sense that one would have during pregnancy makes this all the more meaningful and beautiful. So much work goes into adoption and yet so much is unclear until the moment happens. The Burns’ commitment to welcome, love and raise this girl into their family is a beautiful picture of grace and it is humbling.
The thing I noticed most, however, is that none of this seemed like work to my friends. Their son, Mitsuki said, “She’s awesome! She’s so cute!” Chie’s face was so animated and alive and I saw her tearing up as that little girl grabbed her hand for the first time and held onto it in the car ride home. Tim was giddy like a kid. When love is the chief motivator in our lives, none of the responsibilities and worries and fears overshadow us. It seems like a walk in the park.
I know there are tons of adjustments ahead for my friends and life is completely upside down now compared to just a few hours ago, but I know that everything will be great because I see the love of God in them that is eager to make this child their own and provide a life for her that she otherwise would never have.
I’m so proud of you, Tim and Chie and Mitsuki! Can’t wait to see your girl grow up to love you and love Jesus.
I’ll be putting together a video soon as I mostly shot footage of the whole day as they waited in anticipation as a family for this little girl. I’ll post as soon as I can.
© photos by Jake Gee