On August 25, 2012, we welcomed our second son, Joseph Micah West into our family. Named for his paternal grandfather and his father’s favorite book of the Bible, Micah has blessed us more than words can express and our faith was deepened through the adoption journey. For the Christian, the adoption narrative brings to light a cadre of areas in which we should be thankful.
I am thankful for birthmothers who make an adoption plan for their child when they feel their circumstances are not best suited for raising the child themselves. I have witnessed this first hand in our son’s adoption and in my work at our local pregnancy clinic. This is one of the most sacrificial and unselfish decisions a person can make and it is a beautiful gift to the child and adoptive family.
I am thankful that God calls certain people to adopt. He does not place the desire to adopt on every Christian’s heart but I feel strongly that if there is a calling and unity in the decision, a couple should act in obedience! There are many reasons why people choose not to adopt: financial expenses, emotional stress, extended travel (international adoption), long waiting periods, child attachment / health problems, fear of a failed adoption, and the list goes on and on. We must step out on faith and trust God to supply our needs.
I am thankful for God’s adoption of us. Adoption is the perfect picture of what Christ has done on our behalf. For Christians, our past, socio-economic status, or origin of birth, does not matter. We have been grafted into the family of God. We have an inheritance that we did not earn waiting for us in heaven. We are all fatherless without Him. “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
If you know a birthmother who has chosen a forever family for her child, please support, encourage, and love her in the decision. I encourage those who have been called to adopt to act on it! God has placed this on your heart for a reason; join Him where He is at work. It may not be an easy road (He never promised us that) but He will bless you for it!
I am thankful that God calls ALL people to orphan care in other ways besides adoption. Find opportunities in your local church/community to minister to orphans through financial support, mission journeys to love on orphans, sending supplies/other needs, and most of all through prayer.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27