What means this?

by djgorena

Adoption

The question of a little one, “What means this?” He’s six years old and he’s so inquisitive. He loves to learn. He spells words and tries to find words that rhyme with each other: c-a-t, b-a-t, s-c-a-t, r-a-t, etc. In the spelling of words, he is visualizing what it is that he is spelling. You can see the wheels of his mind turning and churning and burning…ahem. His hunger to learn delights his dad. His dad is a proud dad who seeks to further his son’s knowledge, not just with information, but for life change. He teaches his son about Jesus Christ and reads to him every night and prays with him before going to bed.

His brother, a two-year-old, is just talking away. He sits in his chair and sings. He loves to be with his mom who rocks him every night before he is laid down to bed. He will place his little hands on her face and whisper sweet nothings to her and she just loves it. He’s active, too, but he is a helper. He loves to help around the house. To see a two-year-old clean-up is a rarity it seems, but he picks up his toys. When he eats at the table he will wipe his mess up (sometimes making a bigger mess, but he is praised for his efforts). An amazing thing, when he eats he really doesn’t get anything on his clothes. His parents generally don’t put a bib on him and he’s concerned about being nice and neat.

These two little ones are loved. They are first loved by the Lord. Read what Psalm 127:3-5 says:

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Then they are loved by their parents — their new parents. You see, their biological parents are no longer in the picture. Their mother has passed away from leukemia and their father has relinquished all parental rights. However, they are adopted now. They are loved by parents who have never been able to have their own children. The dreams of a name being passed on by a Dad to his sons has become a reality. Now comes the stewardship, the responsibility of training them in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6). It is their parents who are responsible to see that they are taken care of, that they are provided for, and that they are nurtured and brought up in the admonition of the Lord.

Thanks be to God! Praise His holy name! As His children — adopted by Him in order that we might be holy and blameless — we are free to live, to love, and to laugh. We are free to be a family who fellowships with the Father. We are free to show others the same love; after all, the Law has been reduced to this one command, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The children that you adopt will be the closest of neighbors to you. Love them; cherish them; prize them. They are gifts from the Lord!

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