Posted by: Louise | August 11, 2010

My prayer for Katie

The night we got Katie, when everyone was in bed sleeping, I was having a hard time settling to sleep (must have still been on an adrenaline high). I found myself reading one of my favorite prayers from the New Testament:

Ephesians 3:14:21 (NLT):

“When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May he be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen.”

I use this prayer regularly when I pray for my family members and myself, but that evening I found it so reassuring to know that it is God’s love that is going to give Katie “fullness of life”. Our desire is to love Katie (and our other children) the best that we can. I often pray that God will show me how to love our kids so that they will never doubt my love for them. It’s so easy for me to miss my faults and short comings. I know that we can’t love Katie (or our other children) perfectly no matter how we try. I know that there will always be questions in Katie’s mind and possibly pain in her heart when she thinks about her birth mother in the years to come. However, I was so reassured as I read that her “roots”, her anchor in life, can be in the “soil of God’s marvelous love”. That she can experience the love of Christ and be filled with fullness of life! My mothers heart already has a tendency to worry about the future for Katie and how the way she came to our family will impact the rest of her life. God is so gracious to use this very familiar passage to focus me on the fact that ultimately God is the one who loves Katie with a love that I can never fully understand and He can make her experience that love.



  1. Louise, that was beautiful.

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