Ephesians 1 says "In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved."
It's crystal clear to me that all over the Bible, Old Testament and New, the Lord commands us to care for the fatherless. One way (not the only way) to do that is adoption, which then becomes a living, breathing picture of the gospel. I'm a big fan of that.
|A family in court on National Adoption Day|
I also heard stories about leaps of faith my friends are taking, first steps to answer God's call without being able to see much of the road ahead at all. Obeying despite major doubts and resistance. Of course there was also the "no news is bad news" part of the adoption process, because for most couples the wait is painfully long. Longer than a pregnancy. Patience and perseverance are essential and cultivated through the process. God may be using these people to rescue the orphaned children on His heart but He also uses the process to nurture and grow the would-be parents.
Apparently I wasn't the only one who was inspired by all these stories last night because today I found out another couple called today to get started on the process of becoming foster parents. My heart is just full of joy over this news.
So naturally I'm all about finding ways to support these people, my personal friends, as they tackle the hard road ahead God has called them too. But I'm also about supporting people I don't really know that well when it comes to adoption and orphan care. So here's something I've already done that you could do too.
Musician and advocate for Compassion International, Shaun Groves, decided recently to pursue adoption from Ethiopia. Through unusual circumstances his family welcomed a little boy last week, earlier than expected. He's having to cancel some appearances to ensure this boy gets a good start in their home, so he's asking people to pre-order his fantastic new CD, Third World Symphony, which releases at the end of August. Read his story, give the album a listen, and buy it...it's really great.
Pretty please go buy the album. And pray...for every would-be adoptive family and orphaned child in the world.