The Perfect Gift | Part 1 in the Journey to Parenthood Series

Over the next few weeks, you are going to be hearing from some guest bloggers – adoptive parents who are at different points in their adoption journey.  I hope you enjoy seeing the different faces of adoption as much as I do!  Today, I am excited to share a poem written by an adoptive father for his future child.  I am so excited to see what God has in store for this couple!

The Perfect Gift by Dennis Miranda

In her song “Blessings,” Laura Story cries out to God and begs the question “What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise”?

When life hurts does God really heal? What happens to the hurt once the pains subsides?

As our family and friends already know, one year ago this month Tina and I experienced what is commonly referred to in adoption as a “disruption.”   Although we’ve had no contact with Jack over the past year we still miss him tremendously. But God is good and we’ve been holding on to Him and His promises throughout. Well, after a year of pinching pennies we’ve finally saved up enough money to put us “in the books” for an infant adoption through another agency!

Recently, I was thinking about Jack and about the new little one that will enter our lives any day. I believe that out of pain and suffering in this life God can take it and make beautiful things rise from the ashes. Now, I’m not much of a poet, but here is a poem I wrote born from the heartache of loss and strengthened with the hope of having another child of our own someday.

Run to Win,

Dear Child,

You don’t know me and we haven’t met yet,
But if I were a gambling man I’d be willing to bet,
That you were created with purpose and the greatest of love,
For every good and perfect gift is from our Father above.
‘though you are not born of my flesh nor have my same eyes,
In my arms I will hold and you’ll be just the right size:
To cradle, to burp, to rock to sleep,
To love and to cherish this time for keeps.
How we wait with hope for the day you’ll arrive,
To give you our love and to share our own lives.
Right now we are busy preparing your room,
So hurry up and come out and get here real soon!
We have so much to show you, there’s lots to see;
Friends, family, a Chihuahua named Mickey.
Books to read and songs to croon,
Like “Jesus loves me” and “Good night moon”.
There’s goodies to eat from the world’s greatest chef,
Momma’s homemade cooking is always the best!
We’ll laugh and we’ll play, have ourselves a ball;
My arms by your side in case you should fall.
I’ll teach you to love my son/my daughter:
Jesus, mom, your neighbor – in that order.
Sadly one day we will have to let go,
To watch from afar as you grow and grow.
If I hold on too tightly please don’t get mad,
It’s just the thought of you leaving makes me real sad.
Don’t cry for me but know in my heart I am glad,
For I will always take pleasure in being your Dad.
So sleep soundly my child, stay safe and keep warm;
For the next time we meet will be the day you are born.

With Love,

(your anxiously awaiting) Dad

“Every good and perfect gift is from above,” James 1:17

1368834_698312976863872_411280197_nDennis and his wife Tina are High School sweethearts and have been married for over 24 years. They are “empty nesters” with 2     grown sons in college and are waiting to be matched with their next child. Dennis is a retired Marine, enjoys writing, and is currently attending the Pennsylvania Bible Institute.  To read more from Dennis, you can visit his blog, Running to Win.