Lori Dixon expresses to her daughter how one is capable of loving those who they know as well as those they don't.

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, (Ephesians 1:4-5 ESV)

My daughter, Mia, asked me the other day how a mother loves her child. How can a mom love a stranger – an unknown that is suddenly placed in her arms – whether by birth or adoption? My daughter has seen from her friends how the giving and sacrificing starts immediately. Bam. A mother dies to her own will and lays her life down for her child.

My teenager could not grasp the instantaneous love and wondered aloud if she would have such mother instincts someday.

I told her how I recalled rubbing my very pregnant belly and realizing how I would kill to protect my child. It was a rather strange feeling and the thought did go through my mind, ‘I don’t even know you and yet I love you so fiercely!’ Truth be told, sometimes it’s easier to love someone we don’t know than those we do.

So, how much more amazing is that He did know us before we were born – or even conceived – and loved us anyhow. Yes, He knew all our failures and sins yet in love he predestined us to be His children. Crazy.

Father, oh how fierce is Your love for Your children. Thank You for laying down the life of Your only Son for us adopted kids. Help us to fully grasp the truth of Your Gospel and live it out in our lives each day. Amen

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