Meet my mom Angie! She conquers mountains with grace and humility. She loves deeply and unconditionally, with everything within her. I am so thankful that she was willing to talk to us about how adoption changed our family.
Not Everyone’s Calling
Adoption is not for everyone, but everyone can play a part. Adoption is powerful and life changing, for everyone involved. As my mom mentioned, adoption changed the dynamic of our family in the very best way. We were all called to step up to the plate and leave our selfishness behind, and we are better because of it. Our family is so blessed by Jayden and the joy he has brought into our lives.
As Russell Moore says, “Not everyone is called to adopt. No one wants parents who adopt children out of the same sense of duty with which they may give to the building fund for a new church gymnasium. But all of us have a stake in the adoption issue, because Jesus does. He is the one who tells us His Father is also the ‘father of the fatherless’ (Ps 68:5). He is the one who insists on calling ‘the least of these’ his ‘brothers’ (Matt. 25:50) and who tells us that the first time we hear His voice, he will be asking us if we did the same.” Such a powerful message lies in these words. Adoption is not a burden, but a gift. One that should be rejoiced over, not grunted about. Jesus exemplifies what it means to love the father and motherless, the orphans, and the vulnerable.
Everyone Can Play a Role
Called to Adoption tackles this subject by saying, “Most families are built biologically, almost uneventfully through the beauty of pregnancy and God’s amazing creation. Other families, however, are called to a different love through adoption. While many of us desire to be parents, I believe it is a far fewer number who are called by God to love and nurture a child who is not biologically ours. It is God who calls these parents to adoption”. I love how this book articulates the call to adopt. Not everyone’s calling, but a responsibility that we all have on our shoulders. A responsibility to see beyond ourselves into the young lives who need a mommy and a daddy. Whether that be time, money, prayer, school supplies, or a new pair of shoes, we can all play a apart.
This family structure is not what we think of as typical or practical, but neither are miracles. And in the words of Karen Kingsbury, “Adoption is a Miracle all by itself”. A miracle that brought us closer to Jesus and closer as a family.
Someday, we knew he would be our Forever
All broken, all in need of Jesus, we stand honored by the fact that God chose Jayden for us, and us for Jayden. He was our missing piece, and now we are whole. Not a day goes by that I do not give thanks to Jesus for how he has worked in our lives.
Jayden before school, in his favorite hat.
Caldwell, Mardie M., and Heather Featherston. Called to Adoption: A Christians Guide to Answering the Call. Nevada City, CA: American Carriage House Pub., 2011.
Kingsbury, Karen. Treasury of Adoption Miracles. New York, NY: Warner Faith, 2005.
Moore, Russell. Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches. Wheaton, Illinois.: Crossway, 2015.