Etesen? (How are you?) Eye. (Fine)
Na wonsoe? (And you too?) Nyame Adom. (By God’s Grace)
This is a typical greeting conversation in our community. If you meet someone walking down the road in the morning, the same niceties will repeat themselves each time. At first the last response threw me off. Someone asks how you are doing and you say “by the grace of God”? I didn’t really get it. But now, two years in, I think I am starting to get a grasp of the idea.
For our two-year anniversary celebration this weekend, we watched a little slideshow to remind us of our many shared experiences. I was careful about what pictures to put in, because the girls are a little insecure about the pictures from when they first came to the house. Mercy especially. When I look at the pictures from her first days here, I still have tears come to my eyes. To say she has grown is quite the understatement. I made sure not to put the one she dislikes the most, but she was still in a few of the early slideshow pics. When the “new to Pearl House” Mercy picture came on screen, the girls were all laughing good-naturedly. And this time, instead of hiding her face, while standing somewhere behind me I heard Mercy quietly say “Nyame Adom.” It is truly the grace of God that has brought her to this point. Instead of cowering in embarrassment, she was able to acknowledge the grace of God on her life and how He has changed her life drastically.
By the grace of God, Mercy is now a healthy, sharp and growing young woman. By the grace of God, all of the girls are healthy and strong. By the grace of God, the girls are excelling in their education. By the grace of God, they can all speak English. By the grace of God, they believe in Jesus as their Savior and are learning more about Him every day.
By the grace of God I woke up today. By the grace of God I have clothes to wear. By the grace of God I have running water and electricity. By the grace of God I got to eat guacamole and drink Dr Pepper today. By the grace of God I have hope. I have salvation. And I am loved. It is by the grace of God that I have made it to today. It is by the grace of God that I have been called “Mama Courtney” for two years. May we daily dwell in the abundance of His grace.