I wouldn’t normally commend the reading of People Magazine to all of you. I mean, really, how much do we need to know about Hollywood stars and their personal lives and habits?
But in the issue currently on newsstands (with a woman on the cover who was a child actress on the TV show Full House who was a meth addict and is now a mom!?!) there is a little article tucked into the very back of the magazine that you ought to read. This little story should be the one on the cover, in my opinion.
It has a theme of love and redemption. It’s the story of the Friesen family, and the adoption of Christina after she came into their lives through a “chance” meeting on an airplane. It’s a beautiful story, and though it doesn’t say it explicitly in this particular article, it’s a wonderful portrait of the gospel — how God loved us, chose us as his own sons and daughters, and gave us a new name and a home with him.
Rick, Annette, and Christina Friesen all work here at Peacemaker Ministries, and their story has touched each of us. I’m hoping to get the Friesens to tell the unvarnished version of their story (you know, the one where they get to give God all the credit) in a future issue of Peacemaker Magazine. But for now, we’re thrilled that this testimony of God’s amazing work gets a little bit of exposure to the rest of the world.