Every international adoption story is an odyssey, filled with mysteries, plot twists, chapters of joy, moments of pain. This particular odyssey, in many ways, played out not unlike a musical.
In the process of waiting for their daughter, among many, many efforts to complete the process, Cara Chapman and her husband Steve wrote, produced, and released a contemporary Christian album called Love Light (listen here) in part as a way to fund the adoption of their daughter from Colombia.
All families, adoptive or biological, waiting or complete, can find inspiration in some of Cara’s lyrics from the album. The main theme is “letting go and letting God,” in moments of parenting, searching, trusting, and having gratitude. The following images of this Forever Family are captioned with some of those lyrics.*
I will find you / There’s no place too far / Just open up your heart and let me in. (“Find You”)
This precious little person, this blessing from above / Has stolen my heart and filled me with love / I’ve heard the call and from day one I’ve prayed / There is too much riding on this to make a mistake. (“A Mother’s Song”)
Lately everyone’s asking / Aren’t you afraid of what’s next / But I tell them my feet are firmly planted / On the Rock who knows no second best. (“Strong and Courageous”)
Lying on your bed all alone and lying to yourself / You’re so far away from home; You think there’s no hope left / But someone, somewhere in this world is searching for you / And every time you cry, they’re crying too. (“Find You”)
Whether what You give is what I think I need / In those times of doubt, Lord, please carry me / To that safe shore of thanking You more for everything. (“Content”)
I will find you / The past has left its mark / But love will conquer dark so let me in / Let me in / And I find you. (“Find You”)
So when they look right at me / Let it be You, Lord, that they see / Cuz I’m so wrapped up in You that to find me they gotta see I’m in You. (“In You”)
*Lyrics used with permission from Trust Fall Music 2014 (ASCAP)