Abel Madariaga & Silvia Quintela of Buenos Aires, Argentina had a son. During a time of civil unrest in their country Abel’s son and pregnant wife were kidnapped by Argentine security forces in 1977. Hundreds of children were kidnapped and thousands were murdered as part of the 1976-1983 dictatorship’s “dirty war” against political dissidents. Abel was able to escape and decades later still searched for his son whom they were to name Francisco. He joined a national group to recover the identities of these children and reunite them with their families. Just last week, Abel found his own 32 year old son.
Francisco marvels at his new found identity, “For the first time, I know who I was. Who I am,” At the mention of the previous family name he was given he said, “Never again [will I have to be called by that name]. To have your identity is the most beautiful thing there is.”
1 Thessalonians 1:4 “For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you”
The Thessalonian believers (as well as us) could agree with Francisco, “Never again should we allow ourselves to be identified with our former way of lives, as sinners condemned to eternal separation from God and death. The most beautiful thing is to know God has chosen us and revealed Himself to us, that we may have eternal life.”