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Saturday, January 14, 2017

www.wsbtv.com of Atlanta, GA

Now It’s Complete

 

Jennifer and Tom Doering of Wisconsin were already the parents of three boys, but they wanted to adopt another child.

 

Miles away in Washington State, Nicole and Scott Rainsberry were also looking to add to their family of five.

 

Both families, strangers to one another, were willing to adopt children with special needs.  Each family ended up adopting a little child from China.

 

The Doerings adopted a little girl that they named Audrey in July, 2007.  She had a heart condition.

 

The Rainsberrys adopted a little girl in August, 2007.  They named her Gracie.  She also had a heart condition.

 

Both little girls had to undergo heart surgery.  Both appear to be doing very well now.

 

Last month and as a Christmas present, Jennifer conducted some research about her daughter Audrey’s past.  With the help of a researcher in China, she came across a photo of her daughter with her Chinese foster mother.  Sitting beside Audrey was another Audrey!  At least it appeared that way.  The little girl sitting beside Audrey looked identical to her!   Jennifer, with the help of Facebook, found Nicole and the other little girl that looked like Audrey.  It was Gracie.

 

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, the girls were re-united on ABC’s Good Morning America TV program.  They looked identical!  Oh, it was more than their matching outfits – including their similar eyeglasses; that was all planned!  But everything about them looked identical!  And DNA tests confirm, they are identical – identical twins.

 

So after more than 9 years, these identical twins were reunited.  It was a joyous and tearful reunion.

 

GMA Host Michael Strahan, a father of twin girls himself, asked, “How are you two feeling right now?  Your first impressions of seeing your sister?”

 

“Excited.  Happy.  It’s really overwhelming,” replied Gracie, with Audrey affirming her answer while wiping away her tears.

 

Strahan addressed Audrey:  “Audrey, we said you have three older brothers.  How does it feel to have your sister now?”

 

Audrey replied, “It felt like there was somebody missing… Now it’s complete.”

 

A government official was traveling back home to Ethiopia from Jerusalem, where he had been to worship God.  As he rode along in his chariot, he was studying his Bible.  He was reading from the prophet Isaiah.  He couldn’t figure out about whom the prophet was writing.  Something was missing.

 

The Lord sent Philip to him.  The Ethiopian invited Philip into his chariot to study with him.  “Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus” (Acts 8:35).

 

“Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water.  What hinders me from being baptized?’” (Acts 8:36).  They both got out of the chariot, entered the pool of water, and Philip baptized the Ethiopian.

 

The Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away.  And what did the Ethiopian do?  “He went on his way rejoicing” (Acts 8:39).  Why?  Because something (Someone) was missing; now it was complete.  He had found the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Savior.

 

It is our sin that separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), but through Jesus we can be forgiven of our sins and receive the gift of eternal life (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 6:23).

 

God will forgive and give eternal life to those who place their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).  He will continue to cleanse from sin those who continue to walk in the light of His word (1 John 1:7).

 

We are “complete” in Him (Colossians 2:10).

 

Won’t YOU find the One that you’ve been missing by turning to God through Christ in your trusting obedience?

 

-- David A. Sargent

 

* From “Twins separated at birth find each other, reunite on live TV.” Good Morning America as viewed on www.wsbtv.com of Atlanta, GA

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