A young soldier returned home from the Vietnam war never to be the same. He had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at seventeen years old. Not even old enough to vote, the other soldiers from 3rd Battalion 9th Marines nicknamed him, “The Kid.”
“The Kid,” fought his way through the jungle surviving many battles only by the grace of God and prayers of his grandmother did he make it out. He was awarded a Combat Valor Bronze star when his company came under intense rocket propelled grenade fire and automatic weapon ground assault. His company K sustained many casualties. As bodies lie lifeless and bullets whizzed past his head, the Kid fearlessly moved across the fire-swept terrain and retrieved an abandoned M-60 machine gun lying in an area dangerously exposed to hostile fire. As he ran back to his fellow marines he realized the machine gun was inoperable, the Kid quickly corrected the malfunction and delivered a heavy volume of accurate fire against the advancing enemy. Continuing his determined efforts he then assisted in the evacuation of his comrades to a helicopter landing zone.His heroic actions and aggressive fighting spirit were an inspiration to all who observed him.
But nothing in combat had prepared him to become a father and yet a short time after he returned home from war that is exactly what happened.
Unable to take care of the child, the young mother and father made the painful decision to put the baby up for adoption. The newborn baby boy was adopted by a loving family.
The soldier never knew what happened to his son, but he prayed daily for him to grow up to know the Lord and have a relationship with Jesus.
Fast forward forty seven years later. The message came, “Your son found you and would like to meet you!”
They came for an early Christmas. A Father and Son brought together by God’s Amazing Grace. The tears and laughter flowed and Joy filled our home as we shared our love for the Lord and for our new son, daughter in law and three precious new grandchildren! Our prayers had been answered, they were believers and our hearts were quickly knitted together.
The similarities between father and son, two grandsons and granddaughter were remarkable. The way they tilt their heads, the manner in which the fold their arms, the shape of their nose and ears, their fun and active personalities. You cannot deny DNA.
We have many years of catching up to do and many years of exciting new memories ahead.
How do we possibly thank God for giving us the amazing gift of A SON FOR CHRISTMASand a beautiful brand new family to go along with our son?
“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5
The similarities of this story about a Father and Son and another Father and Son come to mind.
Over two thousand years ago a baby boy was born.”Unto us a child is born, unto us a son was given.”
This is the story of A SON FOR CHRISTMAS. The son of God born of the virgin Mary who came to take away the sins of the world. The son who hung on a cross and gave his life for you and me.JESUS CAME AS A GIFT WRAPPED IN LOVE FOR CHRISTMAS! “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15
“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Happy Birthday Jesus! Merry Christmas Blessings!
Praise the Lord and Share the Good News!
Donna Selma Lind 💗