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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Advocate Wednesdays: All the rights of inheritance

I never tire of hearing the judge proclaim the words, "All the rights of inheritance"
as he instructs the adoptive parents of the significance of bringing a child into their family through adoption.

It rings in my ears and in my heart as a beautiful reminder of what the Lord has done for each of us who have trusted in Jesus for salvation.  Adopted into His family - forever.  With all the rights of inheritance.

November 18th - National Adoption Day - A day of celebration for so many children and their forever families.  I was invited to a press conference and was there to witness the first of many adoptions in courtroom J3.  The family's story was amazing.  A dad - raising his step daughter.
A mom - who adopted her nephew many years ago.  Now married and wanting children of their own. But God's plan for them was not what they expected.  When they could not conceive, they knew they were going to grow their family through adoption. 

They planned to add 2 children to their family. But, again, God's plan for them was not what they expected.  This couple opened their hearts and home to a sibling set of 3 (ages 3, 2, and 1) and a 15 year old young lady! Now here they were, surrounded by friends and family (and a whole host of media personnel, social workers, and politicians) becoming a forever family. What an honor to be part of their day.

I sat there as the judge announced the children's names. With each one the courtroom erupted into cheers and smiles! Their new teen daughter beamed from ear to ear. Her beautiful smile said it all. "I belong. I have a family. I am loved."
I cried as the family presented their new daughter with a promise ring. Her mom said, "this is our promise to you - to love you forever."
Not a dry eye in the courtroom. (I think even the cameramen were tearing up)

When they were being interviewed by the media, the dad was asked why he was so emotional. Through tears he said, "I just love these kid so much."

It was beautiful. I think of our heavenly Father saying of you and me, "I just love these kids so much." and "My promise to you - to love you forever."  Adoption is such a beautiful picture of what the Lord has done for us.

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God!"
1 John 3:1

This was my second year at National Adoption Day.  This was the 8th finalization I was blessed enough to witness.  It never gets old.  I will never stop celebrating with those who add to their family through adoption.  And may I never stop celebrating the fact that I was adopted into the greatest forever family imaginable.  With all the rights of inheritance.

"...but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit
that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs -
heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ."
Romans 8:15b-17a

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Becky 

Becky and her husband Dominic have five children and are foster parents. When their hearts were burdened by the enormity of needs in the foster care system, they desired to be a voice for the fatherless. As an Advocate, Becky has a front row seat in watching the Body of Christ use their gifts and talents to share the love of Jesus with the foster care community. 

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