Merry (Orthodox) Christmas
For those (like me) who arenâ€™t part of a liturgical church, itâ€™s easy to miss some of the church feast days. Some of you know that today is the day of Epiphany â€“ where we reflect and remember the manifestation of Jesus as the Christ and the Magi and others who were able to behold Jesus. I remember the joy I felt in â€œshowing offâ€ my first child, Fei, and all the children the LORD has blessed me with. Similarly, I assume Jesusâ€™ father, Joseph, was proud of the blessing, honor and responsibility of being a father for the first time.
And though the twelve days of Christmas ended yesterday, we also know that tomorrow (January 7) is orthodox Christmas! Merry Christmas to our staff in Ethiopia â€“ we hope you enjoy the celebration of our Saviorâ€™s birth! To families that have adopted through our Eastern European and Ethiopia Programs, what a great opportunity to incorporate your childâ€™s cultural background while getting to extend the holidays a bit longer. If youâ€™re in the process of adopting from one of these countries, consider taking this time to learn more about the culture youâ€™ll be incorporating into your family.
Finally, after writing about â€œfeast daysâ€ I want to remind those of you reading this blog that our agency is organizing a time of fasting and prayer to lift up Ethiopian adoption to the Father of the fatherless. We will be fasting from January 9 â€“ 11 and I hope many of you will chose to join us.
-Brian Luwis, CEO