During the Lenten and Easter season, I like to reflect on what has happened in the past year. Life tends to be a roller coaster, having many ups and downs. But one constant factor is the unconditional love of Christ during our lives. It is never ending and always unconditional. He is all powerful and all mighty.

I know people who have been dealing with infertility and then waiting for years to be matched with a child.  Wanting a family and feeling that God is not giving them that privilege may make it very hard for them to keep their faith and remember that God is always with them. It is easy to praise God in the good times but then turn away from Him in the not-so-good times. But, though it is hard, that is when we need to turn to God the most because He is always our support.

Some people without knowledge of adoption say it would be hard to adopt and raise someone else’s child. I view it as a child who has birth parents and parents, not that they are someone else’s child.

The story of Jesus is an adoption journey. Matthew 1:18-25 describes the beginning of this journey: ”When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit . . . And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,” Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son; and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins . . . When Joseph woke from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called him Jesus.”

Support and love is so very much needed for everyone and is especially important during the adoption journey. Surround yourself with loving believers to lift you and the adoption up in prayer. No matter how low you feel, “God never leaves or forsakes you.”

Adoption is religion. James 1:27 states: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstrained from the world.” The Bible has many adoption stories, including Esther, Moses, and Samuel.

I know from experience that the adoption process is not easy. It is time-consuming and expensive. But it is also love. It is unselfish. It is life-changing. So even if you have setbacks in your adoption journey, had a disruption, and/or had to deal with infertility before your adoption journey, know everything is part of God’s perfect will and timing. I know it is easier said than done when you are going through it, but with the Lord, you will come through it.

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