Category Archives: Adopting a Child
Adopting a child may sometimes be straightforward, but there are also times when the Lord makes His hand so visible that there’s no mistaking His involvement. These are the times that especially make us stand in awe at how precious adoption is to Him, if only for the picture it shows us of our own adoption into His family!
One example is this story in the blog of an adoptive mom of four (at the time of this writing), Will You Midwife This Child?
Scoot on over to that blog for the moment, I’m sure you’ll be blessed!
I’ve spent the past few months pondering the beauty of adopting a child, with our own recently adopted baby boy and another boy whom we’d also been wanting to bring into our home but couldn’t, for legal reasons. So this is more of a personal post than most, but I hope you’ll be blessed by it…
What is adoption all about?
Is adoption only all about someone getting a child who happens to have trouble bearing children? Surely, that is legitimate. Is it about giving a home to a child who otherwise would’ve remained all alone in the world, with no parents or no one to look after them? Surely, that is noble. Taking it further, is it about taking in the homeless and discipling them to be warriors in the kingdom of God? That has eternal benefits, obviously. But do you know what He’s made me realize?
There are many reasons for a couple to adopt a child. One scenario would be when the couple are unable to conceive a child; instead of turning to fertility treatments, they consider the idea of simply adopting a child. But many couples who are toying with the idea may never actually proceed with it, simply because they have no idea how to adopt a child.
If you are thinking about adopting a child, it would help to know the adoption process even only on an overview level. You have the option of pursuing a private adoption or an agency adoption.
Adoption has been around for as long as history itself: the compassion that leads a person to take in a child who did not come from his own loins or her own womb has played a role in forming families in a way that’s slightly different from the “traditional” way of child-bearing. The Bible records the story of Moses, a Hebrew baby, whose mother put into a basket of papyrus reeds to keep him from getting killed by the Egyptians, being adopted by the daughter of Pharaoh himself.
There may be many reasons for a couple do consider adopting a child. The most common reason is when the couple cannot bear children themselves, such as with infertility problems or possible health risk that the mother faces should she get pregnant. Interestingly, there are also families who choose to adopt a child even when they already have biological children of their own: for Christian parents who understand the gospel as our having been adopted into the family of God, adopting a child into His arms is a logical extension of receiving His love.