2 years ours. No questions asked. They’d been here for 20 months before the adoption was finalized. It was a long time of waiting and our hearts were weary of monthly visits and slow courts. But in the Lord’s timing, he changed their names to ours.
And two years to the day of their adoption, unbeknownst to us, in the Lord’s timing, Dave preached on the doctrine of adoption. I thought he did a fabulous job explaining this and my heart has a greater appreciation of God’s adoption of me because of our adoption of Christian and Emmie. Christian has recently started staying for the sermon so he was able to listen along as well. I’m sure much of it went over his head but I loved that he was in there.
If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. . . . “Father” is the Christian name for God. -J. I. Packer
Adoption is messy but beautiful. It is totally undeserved. Nothing about me makes me warrant God’s love. While I was still a sinner, He looked on me and loved me. Before the foundation of the world, he chose me to be his. He’s given me a new name and I can never not be his.
Take a listen to Dave’s sermon, and be encouraged.