Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A Tribute to God's Great Design for Families
This blog post was written by our daughter Katie in honor of the 40th anniversary of Roe vs Wade. I hope it blesses you as much as it did us.
How do I feel about my parents adopting, particularly in light of the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade?
In the most simplest of terms: It over joys me! It relentlessly paints a picture before my eyes day after day that God delights in life of every kind.
Perusing twitter this morning I continually came across the following question: “How pro-life are you?” One simple look at my family and this question quickly seems to be rhetorical – its answer staring one in the face as 13 children glance back at you from the rows of my ethnically, culturally, and racially diverse family. Not only did my parents choose life for their own four children that God opened my mother’s womb for but they chose life for nine other children, selflessly opening their homes, hearts, and lives to care for children that our society deems ‘unwanted’ and ‘dispensable’.
In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul tells us “On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor…”
That child with FASD: valuable to God! That young girl struggling with bipolar: indispensable to God’s economy! The little boy in a wheel chair: he’s bestowed with honor! Each and every one of them is valuable, imaging our Creator.
Years ago, before the likes of me, my parents saw these realities and delighted their hearts in the reality that God is the giver of life. He alone gives life to everything. They chose to honor God as Creator and build a family through both natural birth and adoption. Through this they declare day after day that life is valuable and that God is good. More importantly, it reminds me of a life-giving reality – the reality that I too have been adopted into the most glorious family. That I am a daughter of all sovereign ruler of the universe and that he is my Father. I have been adopted into the family of God and there my identity is rooted and my hope is steadfast.
So thank-you Mom and Dad. Thank-you for choosing life. Not only for me but for all of your children. You have imaged well for me what it means to value life and what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. I see and know that it isn’t always easy to choose life but God has been faithful to you through it all.
And today seemed like a really good day to say that. In light of those 50 million children who have not been given life in the past 40 years, the reality that I (and my 12 siblings) have been given life – delights me beyond words.
Praise God for parents who understand the value of life!