Two years ago I flew to pick up my son Ben from Ethiopia. He was 2 years old, and now he is 4. Adoption is now a huge part of my family's story, so I knew we needed a Slugs & Bugs song about adoption. I also knew it would be a challenge.
Within the narrative of every adoption there is an echo of deep sadness. Something has broken that will never mend. Something beautiful may be revealed in time, but any adoption song I would write would need to somehow acknowledge the whole story - not just the sunny side. Still, it also needed to fit on a fun and happy Slugs & Bugs CD. In time, I wrote a lyric that acknowledged the facts about the hard beginning, but quickly turned to rejoice in the beauty reflected by our adoption into the family of God.
Realizing the tender subject matter, and with a deep desire for the song to serve effectively, I shared the lyric with a few friends in adoptive families, eventually bringing it to my neighborhood church group (two of whom played on the song). They listened, prayed for me and advised me, and after a heart to heart with Amy, I decided to change the first verse. (I'll share the old verse with you in another post down the road).
Over that next weekend I found the verse that made the record, and the song was complete. It is one of my favorite tracks on the record, and I hope you like it too.