"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.
Last year as we were going through the adoption process we realized so many similarities between adopting the children and God adopting us. Children do not work to be adopted. They did not bring gifts. We chose them and adopt them making them part of our family.
Well, Master J got a pair of shoes in November and he wore and wore those shoes. They were sneakers and he loved them. They got too small and worn and so we bought new ones but he continued to wear and love the old shoes. He said he would get rid of them when he went to the dentist but they were still around. We did have a ceremony to say good-bye. I think those shoes are gone.