Saturday, November 19, 2011

{Adoption} Children of God

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will -- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment -- to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. -Ephesians 1:3-10

November is Adoption Awareness Month. And today is National Adoption Day.

But, really, I'm thankful for adoption every day, any month. God created our family through adoption. And through that he not only entrusted me with two children to raise, but he also taught me about our adoption into his kingdom.

I'm grateful two women chose life for Cate and Ben. And I'm grateful God gives me new life. Today. And the day after that. And the days still to come.

So, yes, praise God indeed.

Praise to the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Our God and our King, to Him we will sing
In His great mercy, He has given us life
Now we can be called the children of God ...

--From "Children of God" by Third Day

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