Court Date in Addis Ababa = A New Name

It’s official. Our precious little girl really is OUR precious little girl. Yesterday afternoon I heard a judge in a courtroom in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia declare that this girl (I will post her actual name and some pictures as soon as we get our court decree – hopefully later in the week; the picture above is our actual three hands) is legally and officially a Pearson and this cannot be revoked under any circumstances. Fascinating.
Get this: In Ethiopia, the tradition and culture is to take the father’s name. In other words, our little girl’s official Ethiopian name (let’s call her ‘Birti’ here – hang with me okay?) is Birti Matthew Pearson. So, when she became our child, not only did she become a Pearson, but she took on the name of her father.
Are you tracking with this incredible thought? When we are adopted into God’s family, not only are we sons and daughters of the heavenly Father – but we take on His very name! In the Bible, whenever God’s ‘name’ is referred to it implies his character. In other words, God’s name is another way of saying His reputation, His being, the totality of who He is. Don’t we, as His children, not only become a part of His family, but also take on His character?
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. . .” (Ephesians 1:3-4)
Are you being who you really are? If you are ‘in Christ’, you have been adopted into God’s family. He is your loving Father and He has granted that you have every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places AND that you be holy and blameless.
I want this little girl to not only know of my forever love for her. . . I also long for her to enjoy and live out to the fullest all we want to give her as Pearson’s.
Don’t you think God wants you and I to know and live out what is ours as well?
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About pastormpearson

Follower of Jesus. Husband to Katie. Father to Luke, Seth, and Birtukan. Pastor of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Posted on May 21, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. susan williams

    This has to be the most precious picture I have seen in a long time!!! Picture and events

  2. So excited over your news. I always wanted to adopt a little Chinese girl and name her SuYen so that is how I came up with SuLyn. Blessings be yours as you wake up each day and look forward to the day she comes home with you. Thank you for reminding me about taking on God’s name when I accepted Him. I did a stupid thing today – not on purpose, but had to apologize. I must represent my Father at all times in all things. Love you guys…be safe. Sue

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