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Why I Love Adoption (In Honor of National Adoption Month)

...but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"
~Romans 8:15

It happened again this afternoon. In a crowd, being Mama. And I noticed them noticing-- Wondered if their thought-words were: "white mama, black baby" Unspoken questions. I held my baby-not-a-baby close and rocked her as she pretended she was sleeping, Almost forgetting our game of "wake up". Is this hard love? It was a risk to go down that adoption road again. But as C.S. Lewis says...risking a heart broken is the only alternative to creating a heart unbreakable. (or so I paraphrase) And I want to keep that tender, feeling heart. Because building safety walls is much too dangerous. My love for her is strong love, real love, Lay-down-my-life-for-you-kind-of-love-- The hard love I have for this God-gifted child. But--as I hold her and think of days before-- Before my heart knew her, I do think of the Hard love. The really hard love, That carried her close, even closer than I pull her in now. That young mama, who chose Life-- For this beautiful child that cracked through all my safety nets and layers of heart protection. And so those questioning glances... The ones trying to figure it all out. I want them to know just how loved this child is. By me. By her. By our God who knows the hard-love-cost of giving of Himself, for another.

God is graciously involved in adoptions.
He has done it Himself.
He knows what it costs.
And He stands ready to support us all the way to the end.
~John Piper
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