I’m blogging early this morning because I have yet to find a way to set my children back an hour like I set my clocks. It’s like government mandated jet lag. But who can’t use an extra hour on a Sunday morning before church?
This weekend Erika and I drove up to Greeneville, South Carolina for the Together for Adoption Conference. It was a very nice time for us to get away for a night without the kids. Best of all we were surprised to find a PF Chang’s in Greeneville. I’ve been deprived of PF Chang’s since leaving Arlington Heights.
The conference left us with a lot to think about and discuss on the way home. More than ever I am persuaded that adoption is a beautiful picture of the gospel. According to Ephesians 1:3-6, adoption was God’s idea before He even created human beings. When we adopt in this world we are demonstrating for those around us what God has done for us in adopting us to be His sons and daughters.
Apart from the spiritual and practical implications of adoption a lot was said about the present orphan crisis. It was said that there are close to 150 million orphans around the world, many of them in Africa. When we consider this figure along with the fact that Jesus equated pure and undefiled religion with ministry to orphans (James 1:27) it is clear that the church has a responsibility to act. We are praying that God would lead us to ways that we can do our part.