With Thanksgiving tomorrow I thought today would be a good time to spread the word throughout the One Nation Back to God movement, about something that I am extremely thankful for: adoption.
Without going too far into the details, I was born into a bad environment for children. I was the fourth child and my birth mother was only 19 when she had me. I was placed in the foster care system before my first birthday, and came to my current home, along with my older brother and sister, at the age of 2.
My parents were unable to have children for medical reasons, and had been on the list for adoption homes for some time when they were visited by the pastor of the church they had been casually attending. Before the visit was over, they had both dedicated their lives to Christ. This was no accident on God’s part… within a few weeks of their redemption, they received the call about three children who needed a loving home- and they said yes.
Not only was I able to be brought up by two Christian parents who taught me good values, but they decided to send me to a private Christian school as well. My dad worked nights so that I could go to this school, which cost them more than my college education has. For 12 years I was blessed to have the best education available in my hometown, teachers that cared about my heart AND mind, and a Christian foundation that will help sustain me for the rest of my life. Both of my parents insured this was possible with their hard work, support, and sacrifice of superficial desires.
I try to make sure that I tell my parents often, exactly how much I appreciate what they did for my siblings and myself; but I also think that it is important that you all understand exactly what a huge impact you can have on a child’s life by choosing to adopt. You have the chance to give a child a better life, and if you are pro-life it is even more important to be an active part of the solution. Mother Teresa once said “I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted, and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child, and be loved by the child.”
Currently there are over 400,000 children in the foster care system, and everyday there are 4,000 innocent lives lost to abortion. If more of us will sacrifice of ourselves by adopting children, we can not only give these 4oo,ooo children loving homes, but maybe one day we can end the abortion holocaust by proving to expectant mothers that they can truly give their child a better life through adoption.
In Matthew 25: 40 we are told that ”the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, In as much as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.” Surely children are the least among us, and when Jesus has commanded us to love one another, what can we do but obey? Adoption is not only a way to spread God’s love to a new generation, but it also can save innocent lives in the long run.
During this Holiday season, I ask you to look around your family gatherings and imagine the 400,000 children who have no parents to make them turkey, no parents to put presents under the tree for them, no parents to make holiday memories with, and most importantly… no parents to love them. I am more than thankful for what my parents did for me, it has changed my life. And I would encourage each and every one of you, as Christmas approaches, to consider giving a child the greatest gift you could give them- yourself.
God Bless you all and have a wonderful holiday season.