never orphaned

Just about everyone who reads my 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 is that 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 it (inadvertently I’m sure) makes it sounds like human adoption is “merely paperwork”

Nothing could have been farther from the truth, at least 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.


2 thoughts on “never orphaned

  1. She was quoting Piper.

    I read it differently – I didn’t read it as saying that adoption is merely about paperwork. I think he was saying that God’s adoption of us is not an “official” paperwork thing, like I used to believe that God loves me just because he has to to be God. It is more than that.

    It is more like what you described.

    Plus, he is probably thinking of adoption for what it was in biblical times, and I think Paul was too. Adoption was very common in the early Roman empire but not the way that we think of it. It was purely to pass on an inheritance. Adults were adopted all the time – like, some old rich guy could adopt me right now, which wouldn’t be so bad, haha. Anyway there wasn’t necessarily love involved, it was often more of a business arrangement, like an arranged marriage.

    So when Paul talks about adoption, he is writing with that audience in mind – in that we go from being a penniless orphan to an heir to a fortune with a signature on paper.

    That might have been the angle that Piper was coming from.

    love you –


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