Friday, February 23, 2007

Dr. Goodluck's question

Kristin had her physical yesterday, another part of the adoption process. Her physician, Dr. Goodluck, went through the procedure and as he was about to sign the adoption paperwork he asked Kristin if she has any other children. When Kristin responded, he paused, brought his face very close to hers and asked, "why are you doing this?"

Sometimes babies just show up without much planning (or any, like Eli). But in our culture, when you go out of your way to add multiple children to your family, you are being radically counter-cultural. I like what another adoptive father, Pastor John Piper, said recently,

Few things bring me more satisfaction than seeing a culture of adoption flourish at Bethlehem. It means that our people are looking to their heavenly Father for their joy rather than rejecting the stress and cost of children in order to maximize their freedom and comforts. When people embrace the pain and joy of children rather than using abortion or birth control simply to keep children away, the worth of Christ shines more visibly. Adoption is as far as possible from the mindset that rejects children as an intrusion. Praise God for people ready to embrace the suffering—known and unknown.

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