A Parent’s Love – 8000 Miles Away

I have always considered adoption as the most tangible sense of God’s grace exhibited by His people on earth. It is the best example of unconditional love and acceptance I believe we are capable of providing as humans. Sue and I have friends in Wichita, Kansas who are currently in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia. The process has been unbelievably tedious for them. They are compiling their experience on a blog that is updated regularly with details of the adoption process. I have included a link to their blog here.

I have been amazed at all the phone calls, the paperwork, the interviews, and the background checks required of them over the past year and I read this week they will still wait up to an additional year after the paperwork is done as the Ethiopian authorities match them to a child. All the while they are left to anticipate the day they finally see the face of a child who will someday be their own.

I am sure you are aware of the devastation in Haiti after a 7.0 magnitude struck Port-au-Prince on Tuesday of this week. I was instantly reminded of the tsunami from 2004 and all the personal and public tragedies surrounding that event. Similarly, we are bombarded on the internet with stories of numbers of the dead, cost of damages and pictures of pain on the faces of the local people. I think we too often have a tendency as a distant people to disconnect from such a tragedy.

I saw an article on MSNBC describing a story of a couple waiting to adopt a brother and sister from Haiti. You can read the article here. For me, this story really brought home the reality of the people who are suffering in Haiti. Here is a couple who have worked for years to adopt in Haiti. They have endured 5 trips to the country, countless hours on the phone, miles of paperwork. They have met the children and have established a relationship. In their minds, and in their hearts, these children are theirs. You can read about the concern and angst these parents endured as they sought out information regarding the well-being of their children.

I cannot imagine how hard this week has been for this couple, but I think our friends from Wichita can relate. Imagine being thousands of miles away from your children and having no way to communicate with them. You are entrusting their care to strangers who may or may not have their best interests in mind; An amazing testimony of faith.

Those who God has called to adopt paint an incredible picture of God’s grace in our daily lives. I think the experience of this couple brings the image even clearer. Imagine God, our heavenly father, seeking us out in a foreign land, ravaged by death and destruction. In the midst of the pain and suffering, I can hear Him say; “I have come for my children, they are mine, and I am taking them home”.

In you the orphan finds mercy. Hosea 14:3

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-16

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