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Topic: Uncles/Aunts (04/17/08)
TITLE: Born In My Heart
By Cherry Bieber
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When his turn came, I watched him walk toward the stage tall, proud, and excited. He calmly arranged the items related to his BB gun on the table in front of him. When finished, he looked up and told us his name and the topic of his presentation. He held up his BB gun for all to see and his face flushed slightly with pride when he heard the audible sighs of appreciation from the other students.
As I watched him, my heart swelled with joy. I began thinking back to the day he moved in with us four and a half years earlier. He had spent the first two years of his life with us and then the courts had returned him to his father, tearing my heart out in the process. When he was returned to us at the age of seven, my heart rejoiced, but I was very concerned about emotional scars he might have.
One evening when he was just seven, he had asked me about his mother. For reasons I do not know and will not presume to judge her for, she had abandoned him at birth. I explained as best I could that although I had never met her, I felt she was probably just very frightened and felt she was doing what was best for him. I told him that it was very important that we pray for her and his father and ask the Lord to be their guide through life. I also explained to him that although he had not been birthed in my body, he had certainly been birthed in my heart. I told him that he was every bit as much my child to me as my daughters were my children. He climbed up in my lap and hugged my neck.
Finishing his presentation, one of the other home school students asked a question my nephew was unsure of. Without reservation he told the student, “When we are finished here today you can ask my Mom that question.” And he pointed in my direction. My heart warmed to hear him call me mom and the mothers in the audience turned and smiled at me. They knew the significance of that moment, which seemed to come to my nephew as natural as breathing.
He came to our lives at a time we were beginning the chapter of grand parenting. We chose to open our arms wide to receive the blessings that just seem to keep coming to us through him. I look at him with a mother’s eyes and hope and dream for him from a mother’s heart. My deepest prayer for him is that he would choose true godly manhood and I pray for the wisdom to guide him.
It matters not if he calls me “aunt” or “Mama.” What does matter is that he knows in his heart of hearts that he is not growing up without a Mama and Daddy because God has provided. I don't see us as heroes. We are doing what we believe God called us to do. Perhaps one day his birth parents will enter the picture. If and when that day comes, I want my nephew to be Loving and kind toward them. I don't want him bound and destroyed by the bitterness that the world would say is his right to feel. I truly am humbled that the Lord saw us fit to be his parents for this time and pray we will be found faithful.
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