Living as Family

Living as Family

December 29

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.

About the Author

Corrie Gustafson Montoya | I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, but in adulthood I have made homes in six other states and in British Columbia. In addition to my work in college student ministry, I have also served as a local church pastor and as a hospital, hospice, and school chaplain. I moved to South Florida in December of 2018 to serve as a chaplain at Covenant Living of Florida. In my first two years here, I met and married Dennis Montoya, who is a computer technician for our county school district. My hobbies include reading, baking, playing board games, and singing along to music. I’ve also blogged at pastorwithapurse.com for ten years. Together, Dennis and I enjoy exploring ethnic cuisine and walking or swimming at our city park.

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