Somewhere there waiteth in this world of ours
For one lone soul another lonely soul
Each choosing each through all the weary hours
And meeting strangely at one sudden goal.
Then blend they, like green leaves with golden flowers,
Into one beautiful and perfect whole;
And life’s long night is ended, and the way
Lies open onward to eternal day.
– Edwin Arnold (1832-1904)
Today was a perfect day. Perfect in every way. At one point today, I thought about a panicky feeling I once had when Adam was a little adorable boy, about two and a half year’s old. I was pregnant with Claire, soon to deliver. I panicked because I could not image loving another child as much as I loved Adam, my perfect son. I did not think it humanly possible for there to be room enough in my heart for another child. I worried that when Claire was born, I would not be able to love her as well as I loved Adam.
Then she was born, and miraculously, my heart instantly swelled beyond twice its size to include her. A year later, Aaron followed, and again my heart space was enlarged way beyond its former size. I thought back to the panic I once had felt, not sure that the space in my heart could multiply so easily. But it did.
Those memories came back to me today, as I looked at Adam and Heidi, who is now a part of our family. Since the day we met, I’ve felt those same swellings and marveled at how easy it has been to open my heart to receive another loved one into our perfect little family. As I consider the eternal nature of the family, and how our families are meant to grow and increase, I feel great joy in God’s Plan for us on this earth. In families, our hearts learn to expand and enlarge and swell and grow. I felt that kind of love today, as I watched Heidi and her wonderful family joined to ours through their marriage. Adam and Heidi made covenants that will bind them together forever, and bring great joy–not just to the two of them in their new union, but also to our entire extended eternal family who were all there to witness this new beginning. My heart was full today.
Here is what I believe about Eternal Families: