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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

never orphaned

Just about everyone who reads my other blog knows by now that my favorite Bible study leader is Beth Moore.

As I read her blog more and more I am finding that I really enjoy the insights and posts from her daughters as well.

This one in particular from Melissa (who lives here in Atlanta by the way) just blew me away.

click here to read it.

I'll wait.

back already?

good isn't it?

I saw the Harry Potter premier last night, got an hour and half of sleep and now I'm at work. My brain is a disorganized, sleepy jumble. So if this comes out wrong, I apologize in advance.

I want to take exception to what this post says about Adoption. Yes I think I know the point being made about God's adoption of us is far more profound than adoption through a human agency can ever be. The phrasing could have used a little bit of work though as the wording (inadvertently I'm sure) makes it sounds like human adoption is "merely paperwork"

Nothing could have been farther from the truth for me. The moment we saw Ginny in the hospital...wow.

ginny on birthdate

If I try to describe it I can only come up with hackneyed phrases. Things that will make any creative writer cringe.

"felt a shock all the way to the tips of my fingers"

"flooded with love"

"overwhelmed by joy and a strong desire to cry at the same time"


"stopped in my tracks"

"utterly in love at first sight"

and let me tell you there was not much to see. she was just a little face sticking out of a bundle of blankets. I didn't know her yet. No personality traits had been displayed. But in that instant...

Ginny was instantly real and utterly loved.

us meeting ginny

The gift that her birth parents have given us is overwhelming. The trust, the risk just blows my mind sometimes.

I do get what Melissa is saying, but based on my personal experience there is nothing "merely" about our adoption experience.

Still, I thank God that He has adopted me (and everyone who accepts His love) in a manner that transcends my understanding. No matter how much I love Ginny, Jesus loves her more. And He loves me more.

And neither of us will ever be orphaned.



MITZI said...

The writing on "adoption" was not from Melissa but she was quoting from a sermon by John Piper.

Your daughter is beautiful!

I'm new to reading your blog.

Deirdre said...

you are QUITE right. It was John Piper who said that, not Melissa.

Thanks for pointing that out, and welcome to my blog.