My kids are taking a nap. I probably should be folding laundry or doing dishes but instead I just spent the past 20 minutes browsing the comments/pictures of this Facebook post (I may have shed a tear or two or thirty). It is about the beauty of motherhood and adoption.
I absolutely love the idea of adoption. It is such a stark and clear picture of the gospel.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
My husband and I very much look forward to adopting. Sure it won’t be easy. Raising the three boys we already have is not easy. Being a Mother–it’s not easy! BUT that is true for most things in this life that have value. It blows my mind how often we attribute a child’s worth to how easy they are to care for. I myself have been guilty of this in the past!
“Does your baby sleep through the night?”
“Yes, he has been since he was 6 weeks old!”
“Wow! You have a good baby! Mine is terrible. He is up every 2 hours!”
Children–whether they are unborn or have seen the light of day are not a burden and their value does not rest in what they have to offer to society or in how those close to them, feel about them. They are gifts from the Lord and have intrinsic value that cute hair bows and trendy suspenders can not add to or take away from. That good sleep habits or bad sleep habits cannot effect. That choosing life or choosing abortion can not take away from. One day we will all stand before God and he will call into account how we viewed, how we treated and how we raised our children. Little ones are very near and dear to his heart and as Mothers, we are stewards of our children. But we also must remember that in reality, they are not our own–they belong to God. They have been given to us with the charge to love and raise them up in the way they should go–God’s way! May we take their value and our calling seriously and never devalue them by choosing our self and our own personal freedom or pursuit of happiness above the nurturing and cultivating of their precious little souls.
In light of our culture’s view of children and in light of the legality of abortion, this is my prayer today:
Father God, thank you for the gift of LIFE! May we cherish it. May we cherish our children. May we not attribute to them their value but recognize that it is already there–placed by you! They bear your image just as we do. Please break our hearts for the unborn and for those who are in need of parents and in need of your love. Please stir our hearts to action and towards a love for and commitment to adoption. In Jesus’ name, amen.