The reunion of Sgt. Dad and his children was a monumental day; sweet relief June 9, 2006. CPS made a hash of things and yet the battle was ne’er over. Visits with the mother and the trickle-down effects of divorce now threatened the reunion. Over the course of the next six months more investigative referrals would come in on the mother when she had the kids. Bound by law, Dad had to yield to visitation while he held his breath. God would use this to teach Dad the beauty of trusting Him. Not so beautiful if you ask Dad (more like water boarding).

More help came in the form of a new found lady who loved Dad’s heart. His pain and loss and broken marriages could not scare her away.  She saw in him what she had longed to find; tenderness, a friend, someone she could respect, and most important a man who would love and appreciate her while being faithful to her.  O, how he longed to just give himself to someone who would respect him and love ONLY him (and she looks good, too).

Together they would face new challenges that threaten everything virtuous.  They would fight for the safety and well being of their children.  And God in Christ would fight for their true love and affection for HIM. It was July 07, on the back porch where they made that confession of faith and the adoption papers where signed in blood for their salvation. They were soon baptized in the heavenly waters of amazing grace and their sins where washed down the drain of past, present, and future disgrace. Finally free not to sin.

They were married some weeks later and the sight was glorious. Jesus makes all things new and hope grows where pain and loss once broke their hearts. I hear those sweet words of the Savior now … “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  –Jeremiah 29:11