Open Your Gate a Little Wider
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. He sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing, but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:5-6
Adoption entered my world without my knowing it was even called adoption. Every child deserves a family – a guardian to take care of them, nurture them, provide for them, and show them the love of the Father. I spend my whole life trying to advocate for children to stay with their biological families, but it is not always possible. Some children do not have that option. Some adults don’t have biological family either. And so adoption is our redemptive response to tragedy – it is God’s beautiful answer to the fatherless and the lonely and the widow.
Adoption has taught me to open our gate a little wider. It is about accepting more and more people into our family, whether a little girl down the street without a mother, or a refugee who has stumbled into our town in search of work, or a grandmother in the slum community of Masese who has no one to look after her. Some people we adopt into our family for the long haul, and we file paperwork and make it legal. Then other people we welcome through our doors for a temporary stay – because they need a family to care for them, shelter for the night, or food in their belly.
Is there someone around you in need of a family? Can you open your gate a little wider?
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