Imagine for a moment that you’re adopting a child. As you meet with the social worker in the last stage of the process, you’re told that this 12-year-old has been in and out of psychotherapy since he was three. He persists in burning things, and attempting repeatedly to skin animals alive. He “acts out sexually,” the social worker says, although she doesn’t really fill you in on what that means. She continues with a little family history. This boy’s father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather all had histories of violence, ranging from spousal abuse to serial murder. Each of them ended their own lives. Think for a minute. Would you want this child? If you did adopt him, wouldn’t you watch nervously as he played with your other children? Would you watch him nervously as he looks at the knife on the kitchen table? Would you leave the room as he watched a movie on TV with your daughter, with the lights out? 

Well he’s you. And he’s me. That’s what the Gospel is telling us.

We adopt because we've been adopted. 

Adoption was for God, and is for us, hard work. But hearing story after story, I'd say its worth it (1, 2, 3).

Can't actually adopt right now? That's fine, you can still adopt through prayer or sponsor a child.

quote from Adopted for Life by Russell Moore. 


Kaity said...

I love this- it's a shame adoption can be so expensive. It's always been a dream of mine, but I don't know that it will ever be feasible for us. However, like you said, we consider our sponsor child our first "adoption." We may not be able to do big things right now, but we can "do small things with love." :)

Amanda said...

Thank you for sharing this. We often forget that we were all adopted. Thanks also for sharing Elijah's Hope. It is such an awesome ministry. All of the boys in my home are on the site and I have definitely been blessed and encouraged from it. I know God is hearing their prayers for our boys and He is answering them. I hope that this post gets the word out and more kids will be adopted in prayer.

Dulce said...

thank you for sharign this, you're right, maybe i don't feel capable to adopt a kid but i still can sponsor a child one day

Room4More said...

God is bigger than budgets or finances (or lack of). If He puts the desire on your heart, He will see it through.