Living as Family
Read: GALATIANS 4:4-7
My life has been marked by adoption stories. I have two cousins who were adopted, one on my maternal side and one on my paternal side. Another cousin was an adoption social worker, and other cousins have adopted children themselves. As a former foster parent, I am connected to many adoptive families. Watching adopted children flourish after experiencing trauma, loss, and uncertainty is a beautiful thing.
Life does not instantly become good and easy when a child is adopted. But belonging matters. Research shows that belonging to a family, whatever that family looks like, leads to flourishing.
Once we were each an orphan. We were lost, drifting alone, and nameless. Because of Jesus, we have been welcomed into the family of God. Each one of us belongs to a God who knows us by name. We are God’s beloved children. Knowing that, we can flourish.
Abba, thank you for my adoption. Thank you for the abiding comfort of being held in your embrace. I am so happy to be yours. AMEN.