Remembering Benjamin

I still remember well how, when I first met Paul Pennington several years ago, his eyes lit up when he told me about his grandson, Benjamin.  Paul’s daughter Elizabeth and her husband Matt adopted Benjamin from South Korea knowing he had severe heart problems.  They understood his days with them would likely be short, and often difficult.  As Paul described, “It was a choice to enter into pain and even suffering from the beginning.”  Benjamin died two weeks ago.  He’d lived much longer than most anyone had expected, and had brought joy to virtually every person that encountered him along the way.  Paul shared about the journey in a recent unforgettable blog post.  As much as anything I’ve encountered, this story weaves together the pain and beauty that adoption almost always includes—both mirroring and pointing toward the pain and beauty of the Gospel itself.