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Weekend Edition – Miracle of Adoption

September 12, 2009

This is a special weekend for our family.  This Sunday marks the two year anniversary of our daughter’s official adoption day. 

We were at the hospital when she was born and she was a part of our family from her very first breath, but it took two months for the courts to set a date and officially “put it in the books” so to speak. 

They recognized our daughter as having full rights in our family. 

It is a big deal for us, because we can’t imagine life without her.  She has been such a tremendous source of blessing and joy and it’s cause for a celebration of the miracle of adoption.

This day will always be a special day for our family.

Adoption also has great spiritual meaning to us as well.  For God, in his kindness, mercy and grace, through his Son Jesus, saw fit to adopt us as a son and daughter and give us full rights to the family of God.

Galatians 4:4-7 gives us further insight into adoption:

4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer aslave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

ESV Study Bible notes for reflection:

Gal. 4:4 when the fullness of time had come. God sent his Son at the right moment in human history, when God’s providential oversight of the events of the world had directed and prepared peoples and nations for the incarnation and ministry of Christ, and for the proclamation of the gospel.

Gal. 4:5 Paul’s adoption imagery probably picks up the OT concept of God calling Israel his “son” and combines this with the Roman notion of adopting a son (usually already a grown man) in order to designate him as the heir to all the family wealth (see also note on 3:26).

Gal. 4:6–7 because you are sons. Because Christians are now sons and “of age,” they are in a position to receive the inheritance, beginning with the promised Spirit of his Son. Abba is the Aramaic word for “father” (cf. Rom. 8:14–17).

If you are a Christian, you are adopted by God into His family – this is reason for great celebration and rejoicing!

If you are not a Christian, or are unsure if you are – take a moment to reflect on the fact that God sent Jesus to come to earth, live a perfect life, die upon the cross, bearing the weight of your sins – to redeem you from them and He longs to give you new life – a life of freedom from sin and he longs to adopt you into His family so you may have full rights and everlasting joy. 

There isn’t one of us that deserves this, for we are such great sinners — but Christ is a GREATER Savior!  Won’t you turn to Him today!?

Adoption is a miracle – both in the fact that we have received a great gift in our daughter, but also the fact that God would rescue sinners like us and allow us to be a part of His family!

If you have questions about adoption or about how to know Jesus I would love to talk with you.  You can email me at RedeemingRiches [at] (Sorry trying to avoid spammers! )

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Adoption = Abduction permalink
    September 12, 2009 10:17 am

    Adoption is based in the leveraging of inequality by a dominant class in order to procure children for those who have none from those who ideally would keep their children except for circumstances that are a direct result of this class difference to begin with.

    The idea that a child is “meant” to be yours, and not of its own family, people, heritage, community, language, and lineage is a repugnantly selfish thing to say. Adoption is a violence, based in inequality; it is candy-coated to make it seem about family and children, but it is an economic and political crime, a treating of symptoms and not of disease; it is a negation of families and an annihilation of communities that are not seen as having an intrinsic human value equal to that of those adopting, for reasons having to do with race, with class, and with a preconceived notion of what makes for a “valid” life in this world.

    Every time that someone tells me that adoption is “God’s plan”, I will state: “To even conceive of such an ignoble, spiteful, and heinous God is the work of the monstrous; the arrogant; the self-conceited; the infinitely vain”.

    Please have a little humility, and shame, and consider those from whom you take so giddily, so disgustingly gleefully.

    • September 12, 2009 2:30 pm

      Friend, I’m not sure how to respond. Your comments seem to rise up from a place of hurt. I don’t know all you’ve been through, but I am sorry for whatever has happened that would lead you to your conclusions.

      I can’t express to you the tremendous amount of respect and love I have for our daughter’s birthmom. She made a willful choice to pick us to be the parents of her child and gave a gift to us that we can never repay. I am forever grateful to her.

      She made this choice out of love for her daughter, not out of spite. She made a sacrifice that I cannot imagine making and through that we see but a glimpse of the glorious sacrifice that God made for us and for you too.

      He gave up His son, Jesus, to take your sins that you might be adopted into His family also. He longs to have that relationship with you – the kind you were made for to begin with, but through sin and fallenness of human kind it has been broken. He simply asks for you to believe in Him and submit your life to Him and you can experience the joy and relationship you were destined for.

      He is a kind and compassionate, gracious and merciful God who gave His Son to seek and to save that which is lost.

      You asked for humility – I am humbled. I am humbled that God gave His son for someone like me – because I know I don’t deserve it.

      I am also humbled by the fact that God would allow us to raise, love and cherish this little girl for a short time on this earth and we hope and pray we do our best.

      • September 13, 2009 7:00 pm

        Perfect response Jason… Adoption is a great blessing and picture of God’s adoption of us into His family, through Jesus! Proud of you guys!

  2. Diane Lefers permalink
    September 12, 2009 9:57 pm

    Hey Jason,

    We’ve adopted 3 girls through foster care and hope to have our son’s adoption finished next spring. We understand your rejoicing and are happy for God’s work in your family!

    Thanks for sharing,

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