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June 23, 2012 – A Prayer on the Return of Our Daughter

June 23, 2012

Dear Family and Friends,

Please join in prayer.

Our daughter Joy returned from vacationing with our eldest son and daughter-in-law.  They had been gone a week, but it was one of the few times that she had been separated from us since she arrived from China six years ago.  It was strange not having her with us.  While there was the positive aspect of her brother Johnny not having anyone to engage in sibling rivalry, her gentle nature was missed.

It is amazing that this ten-year old child has become so entwined within our hearts.  We have been trying for five years to get her immigration status resolved since her medical visa expired without being renewed by the agency who brought her to the US for medical treatment of her burns.  The process became unduly complicated because she had been abandoned on the streets of Nanning, and thus had no legal paperwork or identity.  After five years of attorneys working on her case, she was granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status by the US Immigration Department, which enabled her to obtain her permanent residency card.  When we are finally able to adopt her later this year, she will be awarded US citizenship.  This will be a relief.

We have witnessed the heartless treatment of undocumented persons, Dreamers, the children of families who came to the US without a legal status.  Some have been here since infancy and know no other home but America.  They have become a political football to be kicked around to make points for one extremist group or another, without thinking of the consequences for the families and individuals involved.  We are grateful that we have ended that possibilty for Joy, but feel for those who share her situation and haven’t had the resources to obtain a fair alternative to deportation.

A Prayer on the Return of Our Daughter

Mother-Father,

We are grateful
For the return of our daughter
From a brief separation from us.
It has helped us appreciate
How important she is in our lives,
A precious gift,
Unplanned and unanticipated,
Yet so deeply felt within our souls.
Thank you for bringing us to the verge
Of having Joy become a permanent, legal member
Of our family.

We pray that the issue of immigration in America
Comes to a satisfactory resolution
That provides justice for the many
Who dream
Who wait
For the flag
To fly for them, too.
May they have hope
That they will be welcomed
In their new home.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

Peace,

Tom

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 24, 2012 3:24 PM

    We, too, had a long journey to obtaining citizenship for our daughter after a long journey to adoption. Praying with you as you continue towards her citizenship.

    Delana
    http://nineyearpregnancy.wordpress.com

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