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Monday, July 2, 2012

Thoughts for today

I found out this morning that my cousins Matt and Tara Risser created a FaceBook event called "$50 for Vitali". We are so thankful for all of you who have already helped so much and those we are helping now.
 I would like to share with you a few paragraphs from the book "Adopted for Life" by Russell D. Moore.
"It's true that adoption isn't 'Natural'. We have adoptions because we live in a world groaning under...
the curse of sin and death. Fathers abandon mothers. Mothers get pregnant without marriage. Parents are killed. Diseases ravage villages. It was not so from the beginning. The hard questions about adoption-and the easy ones too-are only with us because something's gone wrong with the world.
Adoption is modeled after a natural family. But the biological family is also modeled after something-the kingdom of God in Christ. King Jesus tells us his reign is hidden from 'the wise and understanding' but is revealed to 'little children' Matthew 11:25.
The childlike kingdom we've come into is filled with transracial adoptees like you and me. It's made up of 'special needs' orphans. Sometimes adoptions turn out with families that look remarkable similar-almost 'natural', you might say. But let's not fall for the carnality that values boys over girls, that pits ethnicities against one another, or that is replused by physical or emotional weakness. Let's be the people of Christ, and, like him, let's teach ourselves to welcome children into our homes, even those our culture tells us we're not supposed to want."
Many of you may not understand why Brandon and I would choose to make our lives uncomfortable by bringing this child into our home.  We do not feel that God has called us to live a comfortable life, after all Jesus didn't and we are commanded to reflect him.  We love Vitaliy like we love Grace and Hanna, we long to have him in our home as we longed for Grace and Hanna to be born, we miss this child we have never met.  God has given us a parent's heart for him and we are so grateful for those of you who support us.  Your encouragement is a blessing in our lives. 

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