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Kids On The Border – Random Thoughts

At the southern border of the United States there is a situation going on right now described in many different adjectives. The bottom line is there is a mass of children – not accompanied by parents arriving and seeking out the US Customs and Immigration (USCIS/Border Patrol) officers and declaring their intentions to enter and stay. There’s a lot of them – more than USCIS can handle. More than the services set up to help them can handle. And there is a lot of chatter about those kids and just what we should “do with them”.  For some reason I feel led to jump into that fray. 

There are two “issues” in this situation. (and I hate terms like situation and issue, but I want to keep the adjectives simple and zoom in on a few things, not buzz words or worry over labels and which adverbs are and aren’t used).

One of the issues is – Why do they keep coming, and what have we done to encourage that and what should be done. That’s a great issue for politicians to discuss. I’m not going to wander terribly far into that one here – not today at least.

The other issue is – What do we do with the kids on the border right now? Some are bad actors – gangsters even. Some (many by many accounts) have a parent living someplace in the US – probably here without a legal right to be here*. Some are just lost and were sent here hoping to find success in our land of opportunity. They come from countries that don’t share a contiguous border with us. Under the laws on the books they have to be evaluated to make sure they don’t just get put back in the hands of the traffickers or coyotes who somehow managed to bring them here.

(*I will refer to that as an Illegal Alien here – Aliens are people, my oldest daughter is a legal alien until the naturalization process happens – I still consider her a person that I’d give my life to protect, so I mean nothing wrong by alien. And if they are not hear with visa documentation after going through paperwork – they are in violation of US Civil law and they are supposed to be deported according to our criminal code – and that’s the same as it’s always been).

The Goal

I’m going to talk a bit about these kids. And I think I’m going to formulate some thoughts even as I type this – so bear with my stream of consciousness style with lots of commas and parenthesis. I’ll try and gather thoughts together as I go. But I don’t want to talk about the politics of this. I don’t want to talk about the parties. I don’t want to talk about optics. I don’t want to spit out talking points. I want to look at the human beings in this mess a bit.

The Reason

There’s a lot of talk going on out there. I was scanning through the radio on the way to a meeting today and heard an evangelical radio talk show that delves into the intersection of faith and politics. I like a lot of what these folks on Point of View say at various times, but I also sometimes feel that they take talking points from a party, iron them with a Bible shaped iron and spit them out in that form to explain why someone who calls themselves evangelical should agree. Now that’s not all of their show at all. And I don’t even believe that is the heart of the hosts. But sometimes, it comes out that way. They were talking tough. And you know – as a parent – I get it. The point I came into the station to hear was something along the lines of “If we keep putting them up and helping them out – they’ll keep coming.. They’ll be put in danger of the bad traffickers: many will die before they even reach Mexico let alone our border, many will be enslaved and the folks sending them will keep doing it”. I agree with that point fully. (I’m not delving into issue #1 so that’s all I’ll say) but at the same time – that’s too easy of an answer. It doesn’t talk about the cost of sending them back. The cost to them. I see some folks saying we should just electrify the fence or shoot them or fire at them and send them back. But that has a view point of these kids as not human beings. You know the more I think about it and the more I see a few things my “social media friend” and brother in Christ, Jon Speed a Pastor out of New York and co-producer of the Babies Are Murdered Here video mention a few things – the more I see a striking similarity to the language and dehumanizing here that happens to babies in the womb. The more I see the kids I hear my friend Andy Leonard talks about when he visited the dump in Honduras. The more I see the destitute people I’ve heard Paul Washer talk about from his mission trips. The more I think of the abandoned babies I was able to hold and rock in a hospital in Western Ukraine recently. The more I think of these – the more I realize that once you lose empathy and dehumanize a situation – the easier it is to argue against something and take a stand that otherwise you may not have taken.

I often love the Dr. Seuss quote when thinking of the unborn. “People are people – no matter how small.” But they are also people no matter how hurt, how messed up, how hardened, and how rotten their circumstances are.

I know this even more because I’ve been to an orphanage where a lot of hurt kids are. I’ve hugged, held hands and chatted with teenagers trapped by an orphanage and adoptive system geared towards better success for placing younger children with families because they are cuter, cuddlier, “easier” kids who have more “impressionable years” left to them. We’ve chosen to adopt a teenager and are in process with another one – because God doesn’t give up on someone because of their circumstances. God stole my heart by His grace when I was a real jerk of a 20-something. Going nowhere but down into the gutters of partying and selfishness.

So.. That’s a long intro. And I’ve still not begun. But that explains a bit of my heart

The Issue

These kids on the border. They’ve broken our immigration laws. We have to stop allowing our immigration laws to be broken. We have to stop encouraging (however we are and I don’t get the dynamics there fully but we seem to be doing something to encourage them to go on what reportedly, for many, amounts to a death or rape or violence filled journey) them to come across. We have to stem the flow. For sure.

But the kids who are here. We have to do better by them. We shouldn’t let the left politicize them as some sort of justification for liberalization of our immigration laws – nations that go too loose there end up in trouble for it later.. We shouldn’t let the right politicize them as some sort of justification to send them back instantly, arrest and detain them or to beat up our President. Instead – we have to do right by them.

Now right may look like eventual deportation. It may look like finding the folks in the US who are here illegally who paid for or encouraged the journey and making them become right with immigration law. I don’t know what that looks like. I don’t know if that is amnesty. I don’t know if that is deporting and then being allowed to start process, I don’t know. But these kids have short term needs and long term needs. The long term needs are sadly going to be politicized and battled over and as long as we feed in and regurgitate talking points it will never amount to what is probably best (whatever that is) because no one will shut up and listen and discuss long enough to figure out what is best.

But right now. At this moment. There are some hurting kids who have come to America for some reason or another. A nation that us evangelicals say is a “Christian nation” a nation, we say, that is founded on “Judeo-Christian values”.  A nation that is called the land of opportunity by patriotic Americans like myself. There are some hurting kids in a really bad spot. The government is doing wrong by them because they have overwhelmed a system that is not designed to care for an influx of children here alone. The politicians are either avoiding them, using them as fodder for their cause or screaming about sending them back and letting the door hit them on the way out.

I hate to ask this because it always sounds like a corny/flippant question. But I have to wonder

WWJD?

What would Jesus do? He likes the law. His Bible talks a lot about the importance of government and civil obedience.

Perhaps Romans 13:1-5 speaks most clearly here:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.

 

But again. I’m not talking about that part. I’m talking about what do we do with those kids here. I don’t mean we as a country necessarily, either. I firmly believe that if the Church in America didn’t have the problem that I described here – that we would not need to worry about the government impact of these kids in this transitory time while the government solves government sized problems (stopping them from starting that journey and how to process the ones here best). [ About government sized problems – what I mean is – these kids are one at a time needs. Individual needs. They need to be loved on and helped one at a time each in the way that is right for them. The government stinks at one sized fits all situations. That’s why so many state run orphanages around the world are such horrible horrible places. The families who are hurting need to be helped individually and uniquely. The kids who are truly orphans need to be helped one at a time. This isn’t one 30,000+ kid problem. It is 30,000 one kid problems..]

So as Christians. As evangelicals what do we do with someone who needs help. Maybe even someone who in some sense may have put themselves in the situation (I’m not passing judgment or implying any, some, most or all did, I don’t know the individual stories, just the picture MSNBC or FoxNews paint on either side).

I don’t believe most of these kids are orphans. But in a sense they are temporarily stuck in that position.

James has this to say about orphans (bolded) and a few other topics that we would all do well to hear – even related to this issue:

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.  Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:19-27

Now the arguments will fly at the Orphan term. Arguments that I understand and could even levy myself. “They aren’t orphans!” “Just send them back to their parents!” “Put them on the train they got here on!”

May be some good arguments hidden in those quotes. And in talking about the “other issue” they have some weight. But again I’m talking about us evangelicals. Us Christians who hold signs and protest the slaughter of our neighbors at abortion clinics.

Orphans? Temporary check.

In Affliction? Definitely.

So James – just got done telling me that faith without works is dead. He just got done telling me that I better not just be a hearer of the Word but a doer.

Not just James. Here is Paul on caring for others:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:3-8

In humility, consider others more significant than myself. Don’t just look to my interests but also to the interests of others. Keep in mind the sacrifice Christ made. The one who had all the reason in the world to pull out the “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM!?!” card. The one who had all the authority to say “Pfft! You?! You are a lousy, no good tax collector who robs from the people, you line your own pockets and you mock the precepts I’ve taught you” – yet He emptied Himself of this – He became a servant and served the least of society. The lowest of society. His example was self sacrificial. He prayed for the same people who spit on Him. He went into the lives and sufferings of those who despised Him. He didn’t accept sin. He didn’t free people from consequences of wrong actions. He wouldn’t ignore the “other issue” – but he would put at least as much emphasis on the current pain and hurt. He humbled Himself to become a curse on behalf of the people who once mocked Him. He humbled Himself on the cross for a sinner like me who told some of the most awful jokes about Him before I was His.

I look to those examples. And I wrap them up in the stories of the Old Testament – like the principle of gleaning leftovers from the harvest. Leaving some harvest behind for those who had nothing to come and glean. They didn’t plant the harvest. They didn’t buy the land. But God instructed the farmers to leave the corners of the land unharvested for them anyway.

I look to words of wisdom like this in Proverbs 28:27 –  “Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.”

I look to these things and I see examples and precepts that say that while the government may have some legal affairs to attend to.. The church has some affairs of its own to attend to here.

I see this all wrapped up in Jesus’ command in Luke 9:23 (and elsewhere in the Gospels) And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

He is the author of the Bible. He is the incarnate Word. These principles are His principles. Those kids on the border are all created in the image of His father. They may not all come to know Him – but they still wear God’s image. They are, as I talked about in this post, all our neighbors. And God makes no mistake about what we are to do for our neighbors when they are in need.

In Closing

I don’t know what should happen to these kids legally. I don’t care to share with you what I think of the situations and events that caused them to be lured here seeking what it is they seek. I don’t like that this situation is created, while families doing adoption legally have to go through so much paperwork and money to bring their kids in the legal way. But what I do know is that – people are people no matter how small. And people are people no matter how their background. And I know that they need to be ministered to. They should hear the Gospel. They should see the Gospel in action. They should be helped, loved, fed and taken care of while the bigger questions are handled.

Pat Robertson can talk about the curses on America because of abortion. And make no mistake – I am 100% confident that God looks down on us and sees us killing those unborn babies bearing His image and He must not be happy about it. He will not be patient forever with us.. But I don’t know how we can talk about the curse we deserve because of that while at the same exact time let our politicians rev us up into a fire about those kids at the border and come at them with pitchforks and torches with the attitude of “good for nothing stealers. Get out of our country and go back home” and dismiss their real trials, situations and woes as nothing to be affected by. I don’t get that.

Here is an opportunity for the church to arise. Go and help those in need. Save the yelling for after. Save the anger for trying to talk politicians into getting along and stopping the dangerous journey here, but cover the ears of these kids while you yell.

I so want to put a million caveats here, but I’ll just end it and risk being misunderstood by both sides of the issue.

Letter to My Daughter

I’ve cross posted this to my SQL Server Blog

Introduction

As you may or may not know, my family just completed the process of an international adoption. We have a 4th child, an older daughter, now – a teenager even. We’ve been home for a little less than a week. It was a year long journey and worth every effort. So great to see us all home safe and sound and see her and her siblings get along. Those who know me have seen many updates during the process and offered much support along the way in terms of praying, positive thinking, encouragement and even some donations for the cost. We appreciate that so much. For this blog I am going to leave her name out of the mix. We’ll call her “S”.

While there is a long journey ahead of us in terms of adjusting to life in a family from life in an orphanage. Learning a language. Adjusting to being the oldest of four, and adjustments for her siblings with a shuffling of the age order and size of family – especially for our oldest biological child. There will be past hurts to deal with potentially, and adjustments to our routines (or lack thereof 😉 ). While we have this road ahead still and some unknowns there – there are many knowns for us. Many “known without a doubt in the world” situations.

One of them is something I wanted to share for perhaps two reasons. One reason is because I’m just so happy to have her here safe with us after this journey. The other is because for various reasons I didn’t have a great relationship with my father growing up – and that was, in some ways, a hindrance to me understanding just what God means when He calls Himself father and talks about the sonship of His believers. I bet some of my readers may be in that same spot. Maybe you’ve been hurt by a father. Maybe you’ve not known yours. Maybe you don’t know what it means to be unconditionally loved by a father and when you hear the verses in the Bible that refer to God the Father and what He thinks of His children, it doesn’t make sense.

It will be sometime before S stumbles across my SQL Server blog, and when she does I’m okay with what I have to say here. I’ve tried expressing many of these sentiments to her already just as I have all of my children.  What follows is from my heart as though written to her.

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. – Galatians 4:4-7

The above verse is one of a few talking about our adoption in Christ. If we are in Christ – then we have been adopted by the father through the Son. We have the full rights as heirs of God. And that doesn’t just mean forgiveness and eternal life in Heaven. It means the same thing that it means to be a child of His. Now all of what I write isn’t going to fit exactly, much of it, though, is an imperfect expression of my imperfect (I am not perfect, I cannot love perfectly like God can.) love for my daughter (and for all four – so far – of my children). If this sinner, this imperfect person feels this way about his children, imagine how much more God loves His children. It doesn’t matter what hurts you’ve had, where you fall short, or whatever – God will love you perfectly if you submit to Him, if you repent and come to Him by faith through grace and trust Him as Lord. If He is calling you towards Him, don’t wait – explore what your heart is telling you through prayer and Bible study.

I share this letter not to invade our privacy or someday embarrass my daughter or any of my children. I share it not to brag for simply having love for my children. I share it as a reminder of the kind of things God has said to us through scripture that are imperfectly reflected in a father’s love for his children. And to share of the reflection that earthly adoption is of our relationship with Christ.

He isn’t just King of Kings. He isn’t just Lord of Lords. He isn’t just the Alpha and the Omega. He isn’t just the creator and sustainer of everything that exists. He is my dad. My father. Stop running from Him. Come towards Him and see what that relationship is like. 

My Note

S,

I love you. I don’t fully know what you’ve been through in your life yet. I may never know(1). But I know this – I know that you are my daughter. I know that I love you no differently than your siblings who are also mine, but by blood. I look forward to knowing you more and more each day, week, month and year. I look forward to you knowing me more each day, week, month and year. Today our language keeps us apart a bit in words – but there is no separation of love. When you hurt, I want to hug and comfort you. When you are scared I want you to be there for you and guide you through whatever it is. You have lived a life where you have had no real concept of unconditional love. You’ve had to earn attention or affection through obedience, following guidelines or performing various acts. It wasn’t love – it was learned responses. It was obedience to a system for survival. Today you have love. You are loved with no strings attached. You could not earn this love of mine. No one ever has earned it – that wouldn’t be love. It would be some selfish reaction to some external stimulus. I love you because I do. Your mom loves you because she does. We’re going to have some rough patches – your a teenager, you’ve lived by orphanage rules and survival tactics for the past 6+ years where you were supposed to be growing and maturing. Your memories before that are no better. Those rough patches will come – and no matter how rough they get. No matter how frustrating it may feel or seem to you – I will love you through that time. I’m your dad and that’s what dads do – it’s what we’re supposed to do anyway. I bet you’ll even test me over time to see just how unconditional this love is. I don’t care what test you put before me. I don’t love you because you did something to deserve it. I don’t love you because you fulfilled something in my life. I love you because I do and because you are my daughter. Whatever test may come – that love is there forever. Like it’s been there since the day you were born.

I may not have been your father when you were born. I may not have been your father when you took your first step or lost your first tooth. But I was your father when you learned to ride a bike. I was your father when you were cut loose from the slavery of the orphanage. I was your father in that court room when I petitioned the judge to let your mother and siblings and I claim you as a Walsh.

For sure – I expect some things out of you. I expect you to grow. I expect you to learn that you can totally lean and depend on us. I expect your guard to go down and you to feel safe in our lives. I expect you to trust me completely and to mature and change day over day and year over year. But we aren’t going to just leave you alone and hope these things happen. If you let us. If you let me. If you trust us and lean on us – we’ll guide you on this journey. We’ll help you figure this out. Through trusting our guidance and our love – you will grow. And someday you’ll look back at the journey you had to go through to get here into this family and the first year or years of growing and figuring this all out as distant memories that make you laugh in retrospect.

I will not promise you that you will never face hurt again. I cannot promise you that you will never have disappointment ever again. I cannot guarantee you that pain and sorrow will never touch your life. I can promise, though, that as long as I am alive. As long as your mother is alive – that we will weep with you when you weep. We will be a shoulder to cry on. We will be a hug when you need a hug. We’ll be a solid rock to lean on in times of stress and adversity. I won’t have the right answers for you always – but I can point to my Heavenly father who adopted me 13 years ago and His book of advice.

S – I love you. And you can’t do a single thing about it. You’ve been abandoned before. I will never do that to you. You’ve been let down by people who were supposed to love you for whatever reasons they chose to or felt they had to – I will not do that. God says He will never leave or forsake me, as His adopted child. As long as I am alive on this sphere and have the health to – I will never leave you or forsake you. I will provide for you and make sure you don’t go without. I will protect and provide for you. The love I have for you is no different than the love I have for R, W or S. It is as deep. It is as real. It is as permanent and as unconditional as it is for each of them. I may have cut their cords in a Hospital – but I chose you. I sought you and I prayed hard and performed a lot of steps to bring you here. It’s no different.  Nothing is going to change that love. Ever.

Love,

Daddy/Tato/Papa/Dad.

1. – God knows exactly what you’ve been through. He knows exactly what you are going through. He even knows your heart right at this moment.

Also – all of the expressions above are still imperfect. The love God has for His children is even greater than any love any earthly father or mother could have for their children.  I could have written this same letter with different circumstances about any of my children. I wrote it here to S because through adopting her, I see more clearly just what it means when the Bible proclaims that those who are in Christ are also adopted children of God’s. Perhaps those verses have now more fully sunk in. 🙂

But. If you become a child of God’s – He will love you unconditionally. He will never leave you or forsake you. His Word expresses that for you.

Our Adoption in Christ

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:4-6 ESV

 

Adoption Is God’s Idea – It’s His Plan For Us

Scripture is replete with descriptions such as the passage above from Galatians talking about this concept that those who are in Christ are adopted into this relationship with Him.

Adoption wasn’t Plan B. It was part of Plan A.  Before the foundations of the world were laid, God knew His son would come to save us. He knew we would need that gift from the moment the first two humans entered into sin. He knew the sin nature would corrupt us. Jesus wasn’t a scramble to fix things. It was His perfect plan all along.

His plan included salvation through faith in Christ (“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2:8) but it wasn’t just salvation from the wrath that was justly due to all of us the moment we first sinned. It included a continual work of faith for sanctification  (“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20). It was still more than this though.

Look at the verse at the top. Look at this one:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 with added emphasis.

God didn’t just save us from His wrath. Though that would surely be far more than we deserve and would be and is an amazing gift of mercy and grace alone. He did far more.

He Adopted Us

Get lost on that thought for a minute. I’ll wait.

He adopted us. I’ve tried to wrap my head around this before. When I first became a father biologically, it made these verses that talk about sonship through Christ’s act on the cross mean more. It made the talk of adoption mean more. But I was missing something. I’ve never really stepped through the thoughts of a parent in an adoption so I missed some amazing truths about our adoption.

Right now we are in the midst of an international adoption process in my family. We started down the road of adopting one child. While working on that adoption, another child has been added to our adoption. Someday, when it is all done I may write more details about it. So many answers to prayer, so many moments of sitting back and watching God work, almost like we were watching someone else go through the process amazed at what God was doing. It’s all Him – the desire to adopt, the process, the doors that have opened and we trust Him for the closing rounds and praise Him regardless of the outcome.

Even though our children – and I feel comfortable saying that because while the legal process isn’t done, the heart process is moved to that stage – are not yet legally ours or even in our country, I can honestly say that the concept of me being adopted by God (even typing that is mind boggling.. I’m adopted… by God. Me.. The sinner, the guy who can’t get out of his own way with failure and faults.. An adopted child of God.) means much more to me now.

Some Lessons

There will be more I am sure. But for now? I already see so much about what my adoption in Christ means –

  1. He made the first move – Just in case this isn’t clear enough in scripture – I’ve seen just what that means more clearly now. These kids didn’t start a pen pal campaign to us. They didn’t plead with us. We searched them out. We began the process to find them. We sought them, they weren’t seeking us.  (“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16)
  2. I didn’t “do” anything to earn His love – This is perhaps a most clear lesson. I love these children. The same way and the same feeling as I love my biological children. There is no difference. I am moved to love them. They didn’t do something to earn that love. It’s just there. It is unconditionally there. We are committed to them just the same way we are committed to our biological children. They can’t “un-adopt” themselves from us. No matter how hard they may try, no matter what mistakes they make.
  3. He doesn’t “need” us –  I’ve sometimes heard begging or pleading calls to salvation that make it sound like God needs something from us. Like He is lonely and we fulfill some need He has. We’re a happy family. We have three children and we are content. We haven’t suffered a loss that is causing us to find some replacement to muffle heart ache. We weren’t seeking something to make us feel better, we love them and are moved to them by Him working on our hearts. God is just fine with or without us as sons. His adoption isn’t to satisfy some longing or loneliness.
  4. He paid dearly for us – His son suffered greatly for God’s elect. The physical agony of the cross was one thing – the giving up of His glory to take the cross, the punishment of the sins of all of the elect on the cross – this is the difficult price. The price that we cannot begin to imagine or understand – and praise Him, we never will understand. The road we’ve been on is nothing at all compared to what Christ did for us – but in a sense it underscores this sense of adoption for me. We’ve spent money, we’ve made cuts, we’ve traveled far and will again, we’ve done more paperwork than we ever have. Again this isn’t even remotely close to what Christ did – but these children have done nothing. We’re doing all of the work. We are happily doing the work and movement towards them. What a picture that is of God moving towards us and doing all of the work of salvation. I don’t know who first said it but I’ve often heard this quote “The only thing I bring to my salvation is the sin”.
  5. We have full rights as His heirs – If it is God’s will for the adoptions to be finalized – they will have our last name. They will be in our family. They have the full rights as our children. No different from our biological children at all. They have the promise that their parents will be there for them and protect them. If there was an inheritance it would be just as much theirs as my firstborn’s. We have legal obligations, requirements and responsibilities for them. Now.. Ponder that but instead the father is The Father! The God who created this universe, who created this earth, who knows each star, who knows the grains of sand on the earth, who owns this all.. We’re His. We aren’t just His possession. We are His heirs. When we sing “This is my father’s world” – we actually literally mean this is OUR Father’s world.