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My friend Elizabeth is having a huge yard sale.
And see where it says adoption Yard Sale? That’s because all of the proceeds go toward helping Elizabeth’s family adopt a little boy from China named Charlie.
(Her blog is choc-full of their decision to adopt, but you can read the beginning of this particular journey here.)
One of the ways I’m involved at our church is serving as a nursery coordinator. Instead of providing childcare, I make sure all the rooms have workers and things like pretzels, and Band-Aids. Also, if any of the kids are having trouble, I go get the parents so the workers don’t have to leave their rooms.
One Sunday Elizabeth’s daughter Grace was crying for her parents, and after a while I went to go get them. That particular Sunday happened to be Orphan Sunday, and Elizabeth was making an announcement about how she has seen God work in her family through adoption.
Since Elizabeth was on stage talking about how everyone should jump out of their seats and immediately adopt a child, I got her husband, Sloan. We walked back to the nursery together and he joked about how the irony of Grace crying at the same time they were talking about how amazing adoption is. “Everyone, just take a look at my screaming child! Don’t you want one!??!”
I’ve thought about that moment several times; it just pops into my mind when I pray for their family. And God’s helped me realize that that moment is actually a beautiful picture of our adoption into God’s kingdom.
It’s as simple as this: Grace was in need, and her father came for her. If that’s not a picture of the Gospel, of Jesus’ love for us, then I don’t know what is. We are all in need; Jesus comes and gets us.
Elizabeth and her family do not claim to be perfect or saints or even that they have it all together. They do not pretend that any part of this is easy. Their rally cry is this: we need Jesus!
This is something Elizabeth wrote about their decision to adopt.