We are excited and anxious to share a part of our life with you. We are adopting! After seeing the beautiful relationship some of our close friends have with their two adopted sons, Zach and I began praying about how we should view adoption in light of the fact that God has already blessed us with two amazing biological daughters of our own.Those prayers were clearly answered. We, like many of you, always thought adoption was a good thing but since we have been able to have biological children we never thought adoption was something we were called to do until about six months ago. There are hundreds of millions of children in the United States and around the world that go to bed every night without a bedtime story or a hug from their mommy and daddy. As moving as this statistic might be, the answer to our prayer came in the form of our eyes being opened to the larger issue at hand, that is, the Gospel.
You see, we want to adopt not simply to make one child’s life potentially better but rather, to respond to the truth of the Gospel. In Ephesians 1 Paul gives us this encouragement:
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. –Eph 1:3-6
We have been adopted as God’s children through the death and resurrection of Christ. We want to respond to this truth with our lives by living out the Gospel. We want to adopt a child because spiritually we have been accepted and unconditionally loved by a God who is perfect, holy, and almighty.
We are extremely excited to embark on this journey, but we definitely will need your help! I will share more on how you can help us later. Right now we would love your encouragement and your prayers. We only hope and pray that the Lord will bless us, and that we will be able to bring home a little boy from Ethopia!