(Tom always says that I have the gift of understatement!)
I also find myself looking back over the past year....
A year ago, we were starting our home study to bring Colin home from China.
With Colin's adoption, we received so much support from our family (well, most of them) and friends. Our community of believers rallied to support us with their prayers and their finances, their time and their talents. It was amazing to see God open doors so that we could bring this amazing boy home.
With Cameron's adoption, mere weeks after our homecoming with Colin, we began to receive questions about our sanity and our judgement. And this was tough, but not for the reasons you might think.
It was tough, because we couldn't understand how anyone would ever begrudge a child the chance to have a Mom and Dad to love.
It was beyond our comprehension how people who have so much could think it somehow wrong to open your home to a child in need. We seriously had people tell us they would not, could not, support this again. I mean, once was ok, but twice? Who did we think we were?
We heard things like, "What are you trying to do, save the world?" and "How in the world can you afford this?"and my personal favorite, "What's wrong with the kids in our country?"
Now, as I said, as aggravating as it was to hear these criticisms from family and "friends", what was most upsetting was that all of these individuals claimed the name of Christ. These were Christians that were sitting in judgement of our obedience.
That is what hurts. That anyone would claim the name of Christ and then openly judge someone who chooses to obey God's commandment to care for orphans in their distress...James 1:27.
It hurt my heart that someone would be so removed from the very heart of God that they could see, even for a minute, adoption as wrong. There is no Biblical standard of wealth, or intellect, or age whereby God calls us to care for the least of these. We are ALL called to orphan and widow care. All of us.
So as we are celebrating Mother's Day, and as I look into the eyes of my three sons, I am so grateful to God for softening my heart to the needs of these orphans and for handpicking these two incredible boys for our family!
I am grateful that He has given me a deeper understanding of His heart and of my own "adoption in Christ".
I am grateful. I am just so grateful.