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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Why Adoption, Part 4

December came and brought with it the incredible joy of the birth of our first son.  After everything we had been through it was unbelievable to actually be holding our son in our arms.  He was absolutely perfect and our hearts were overflowing.  I've never felt such joy in my life.  But what about our adoption plans?  Well, we were still more than ready to adopt.  We knew it would be the next step God had for us in growing our family, it was just a matter of time.  God had clearly led us down a path towards adoption...but why adopt, really?  If I had to make a case for adoption and why were are adopting, this is what I would say.....

Millions of children around the world are experiencing the pain of having no family to call their own, no place to call home, no one to call mom or dad, no one to wrap their arms around them and assure them that they are loved and accepted.  Their lives are left with a gaping hole that becomes filled with loneliness, bitterness, pain and tears.  The specific reasons why these children are left with no one to care for them vary widely, from the death of their parents, to being abandoned to being rejected as "evil and full of unlcean spirits."  The reasons why really don't matter, what matters is what is being done about it.  Should a child have to go through this life without the love of a parent?  Without the guidance and protection of someone who cares for them more than life itself?  I don't think so....and it grieves me to think about the fact that millions of children are growing up without a family, without a sense of belonging.

God has painted a beautiful picture of adoption for us through the death of His son.  Before we accept Him as Lord and Savior, we are orphans in this isn't our home, we have no spiritual life, we are dead in our sins.  But God made a way for us to be adopted into a family, His Family.  He sent His only Son to take on orphan status for us.  Russell D Moore says, "Though {Christ} was a Son, he took on the humiliation of a slave and the horror of death (Phil 2:6-8).  Jesus walked to that far country with us, {our orphan home called earth}, even to the depths of the hog pen that we'd made our home, and hung on a tree abandoned by His Father in our place. "  God made it possible for us to be adopted as sons and daughters.  Romans 8:15-16 says, "15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God."  And John 1:12 says, "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name."  God has taken us in, made us a part of His family and we are no longer called orphans but we are called Sons and Daughters of our holy God and He is our Father.  What better example of the beauty of adoption than the one that we as Christians experience in the family of God.  

Also, the Bible states in NUMEROUS places that we are to care for orphans and widows.  As Luke and I got back into our adoption research this past summer the Lord brought to light many of these verses and we sat here wondering how we could have missed this all along.  We had heard these verses before, but they were never made personal for us, no one ever preached it to us as a command and we hadn't seen it that way before.  But it was so obvious now that we read these verses again, it is a command in His word to care for orphans and widows, but it has been bypassed and ignored as something only a few people are to take heed to.  This doesn't mean every family is called to adopt, but it does mean we are to help care for the less fortunate in whatever way we can.  I'll let the verses speak for themselves, my words could never be as powerful as God's word...
       James 1:17, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."

         Isaiah 1:17, "Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

         Psalm 68:5, "Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation."

         Psalm 146:9, "The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin."

         Psalm 10:18, "To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more."

Time and time again the Bible shows that God places a priority on caring for the fatherless.  These are just a few of the verses that mention that care.  It's obvious that this is a priority to God.  

All of these truths and the examples in God's word make it clear to us that we are following God's will by choosing adoption.  Adoption is not just a substitute way for us to have children, it isn't just some second best option for Luke and I to have a family.  We aren't travelling this path because it's the only way we will have kids.  It's true that God has chosen infertility for us, but it's also true that He has chosen adoption for us and it is a command we would follow whether or not we could have biological children.  I'm thankful for the path God has led us down and for where He has brought us.  I'm so excited for what He has in store and I'm so grateful that this is His will for us.  His ways are perfect and He truly does know best and as we've learned, sometimes it takes a lot of pain, a lot of faith and a heart full of trust in God's ways to experience the awesome blessings that He has in store for those He loves.  

I hope all of these posts give you a clearer picture of why we have chosen adoption for our family.  It is just a peek into our hearts and the way God has worked in our lives.  And hopefully, my prayer, is that the Lord will use it to speak to some of your hearts to consider what He might have for you as well.

Have an awesome weekend!


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