Monday, March 3, 2008
One of our scriptures this weekend was Micah 6:8. It is a very special verse to me. It is while teaching my kids this verse that I settled on the name Mercy. The verse reads: "He has told you o man what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to walk justly, to love MERCY, and to walk humbly with your God?" As you can see our daughter to be's name is a bit difficult. Even after I tell people it is NOT CALEB it is KaLAb, they still say "When is Caleb coming home?" We haven't decided yet if we will call her Kalab or Mercy, for now she is Kalab Mercy, and we feel led that we must LOVE her as in the scripture. Adoption is truly a miracle. Human nature does not allow us to love a child that we did not birth and do not know, only GOD gives us such a blessing. There have been many naysayers along our journey. I might say there have been so few people who have encouraged us I can count them on a couple fingers. Mostly all we have heard is "Don't beat yourself up if you don't love them." "What if they don't like you?" "Why would you do this to you child/dren?" "Are they black?" I particularly love that one. I am dying to say "No they were the only white ones in Ethiopia so we grabbed them." Please be kind when you are talking to adoptive parents. Adoption is a miracle but like most growing processes it is painful at times. These courageous folks need encouragement. Please don't say things like "Which ones are your real kids?" I didn't know I had any artificial children. If you are close to a person you may ask about their choice to adopt versus birth a child. ADOPTION IS NOT SECOND TO CHILDBIRTH. Adopted children are not second place kids. There are many places in scripture which talk about our spiritual adoption, by which we become "joint heirs". Not servants but JOINT HEIRS! Our kids truly become our kids. Just as we are predestined into the family of God, we believe our kids were made in their birth mothers wombs with our home a stop on their journey back to the one who created them. Ephesians 1:5 says : He predestined us to ADOPTION as sons through Jesus Christ himself, according to the kind intention of HIS will." If you don't understand adoption, turn to the one who designed it and pray for wisdom on this matter. If you'd like to help a child have a home, contact us and you can make a tax free donation.