Sunday, November 21, 2010

U is for Understanding

One of our favorite musicians is Cherie Call. She wrote a song a few years back that conveys so beautifully the idea we want to express with our adoption U word. So many complexities are involved in the adoption process that we don't understand, from what motivates people, to the different biases and assumptions we hold, to the mysterious ways in which the Lord works. In spite of everything we don't understand, He offers us His peace.

"It Passes All My Understanding" by Cherie Call

I was sitting on a southbound plane,
I was buried in a magazine
When the man in the next seat over
Wanted to talk to me.
He talked about the universe,
He talked about Saturn's rings.
He said, "I might be an atheist,
Except for just one thing:

It passes all my understanding
How it all worked out just right:
The distance that we live from the sun,
The stars that shine at night.
We may prove that it was just an accident,
But how did it begin?
It passes all my understanding."

I told him, "You are a scholar;
You know things that I don't know.
But I believe a God in heaven
Made everything below,
And I know we are his children;
I've known it since I was two,
But when it comes to being struck with awe,
I'm just like you.

It passes all my understanding,
All the beauty we have here
From the majesty of the canyons
To a tiny baby's ear,
And even when I can't believe it,
He still believes in me.
It passes all my understanding."

We watched the sun set through the clouds
In a tiny little airplane window
With people sleeping all around,
And I thought of how we just expect this world to be.
And when the flight attendant passed me by,
I threw away my magazine.

It passes all my understanding,
That the Lord knows both our names,
And that He made this world for everyone
That was sitting on that plane,
And in spite of all of man's distractions
He offers us His peace
That passes all my understanding.

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