A life-affirming opportunity

October 30th, 2019

November is National Adoption Awareness Month, a designated time of emphasis seeking to inform everyone of the joys and concerns surrounding adoption. According to the Adoption Network, 428,000 children are in foster care, and only 135,000 children are adopted each year. “Males outnumber females,” and “African Americans are disproportionately represented.” Over half of children in foster care remain there from 2 to 5 years before being adopted. Between 1 and 2 million couples are waiting to adopt, and there are many singles waiting to adopt as well.*

Even now, in 2019, there are stigmas that still surround adoption. The goal of Adoption Awareness Month is to build awareness of the truths about adoption and hopefully remove doubt, stigmas, and assumptions.

There are several ways to celebrate during the month. Those who have had adoption experiences can share their stories. Families are encouraged to watch positive movies and read books that promote the value and importance of adoption. Of course, opportunities to financially support groups and companies that support adoption are always available.

A beautiful thing

Adoption is a beautiful event from all perspectives. The birth mother, and sometimes birth parents, display courage and love. They recognize their limitations or inability to properly care for and provide for their child. They love that child so much that they give them to someone who will provide a caring and stable home. The adopted parents also show love and courage in their desire to love and provide a good home for the child.

Adoption is an example of the love God has for his creations. God sent his Son Jesus to redeem humanity so that we can be adopted by God and become God’s children. The sacrifice made by the biological parents is a reminder of the sacrifice Christ made by willingly laying down his life so that our lives are better. Christ himself said he came that we could have abundant life now, culminating in the greatest inheritance of all — everlasting life! 

Question of the day: What does my adoption by God mean to me?
Focal scriptures: Isaiah 62:2-4a; Galatians 4:4-7; Romans 8:14-17

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