Praying for the Orphan

It’s Adoption Awareness Month. November… a time to gather and give thanks for so many blessings and a time to celebrate and honor the gift of adoption. Adoption is nothing short of a miracle when we consider all the sacrifice, challenge, logistics, expense and courage that all involved endure. It is a journey with many ups and downs but in the end it is a gift so worth giving and receiving.

I love her more than I could have known. I love her enthusiastic charm and just how close she sits, often invading my personal space, to get a little closer. I love both her baby talk voice and her big girl voice and the chatter I hear when she is talking to her pretend friends on her little dollhouse phone. I love how tighlty she grips her markers to make “wild people” and already a few three letter words. I love how she holds my face when I bend down to kiss her as she stares into my eyes and giggles. I love her dinnertime prayers and her tightly closed eyes when we pray together. She is my daughter and while all of my children have been giant blessings, Ava is a blessing beyond words not only to myself and my husband but also to our sons. Ava came home to us via adoption and adoption has proved to be one of the greatest gifts of our life!

Once there were two women who never knew each other.
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother.
Two different lives shaped to make your one.
One became your guiding star; the other became your sun.
The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it.
The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it.
One gave you a nationality; the other gave you a name.
One gave you a talent; the other gave you an aim.
One gave you emotions; the other calmed your fears.
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears.
One sought for you a home that she could not provide,
The other prayed for a child – and her hopes were not denied.
And now you ask me through your tears,
The age-old question unanswered through the years:
Heredity or environment – which are you a product of?
Neither my darling.
Just two different kinds of love.
– Author Unknown

Our adoption agency, All God’s Children International,  shared a wonderful message asking for us to pray specifically this month for the orphan and the global orphan crisis. Today and everyday approx 5700 children will be orphaned. Children everywhere long for a family, for security and for love. We were lead to Ethiopia where four million children are orphaned and or abandoned often from preventable disease. Where will you be called to change the life of a child in need? Perhaps you feel called to the foster care system or domestice adoption. Maybe sponsorship is the right journey for you. Come one and all. Partner with a child. While we are not all called to adopt, anyone can love and minister to child in a meaningful way.  If nothing else please pray. Pray for the orphan to know the power and hope of the gospel. Pray for hearts to be stirred to open their homes to a waiting child. Pray for birthparrents to feel supported as they wrestle with a painful choice, pray for governements to do what is just on behalf of so many children in need.  The time is now to show mercy, love and justice to the orphan.

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Peace and Grace,

Melanie

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