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May 22, 2014
By Pastor Matt McGukin
A few years ago we were just the typical middle-class family, a husband, a wife and one son. We were happy and content but not complete. In the last two years, our lives have changed dramatically. In September 2012 we adopted our now 12-year-old daughter. She is a beautiful girl, but she faces several health challenges. Our daughter is on dialysis and is looking for a second kidney transplant. Almost a year later, we adopted our youngest son who is now 18 months old and also is on dialysis and awaiting a transplant. Our days are filled with hospital visits, medical supplies and dialysis in addition to all the normal responsibilities of life.
Our family is very different, and not just in size. We went from an all-white family to a white, black and Asian family in a matter of two years. You ought to see the quizzical looks we get in public as people try to figure how this family came to be. Many people think we must have lost our minds. Why would anyone adopt kids who don’t look like them? Why would anyone adopt kids with special medical needs? Why would anyone take on all that responsibility?
In the last few years we have learned so much and have been blessed in abundance. Our experience has given me a new perspective on how much God loves us. The Bible tells us that we have all sinned and are separated from God. Our sin has created a desperate need in our lives to be forgiven. The Bible also tells us that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has paid our adoption fee (Gal. 4:4–7). Anyone who will turn from their sin and call on the name of Jesus will not only be forgiven but adopted into the family of God.
You may feel lost and alone like no one loves you or wants to be a part of your life. But God, under no obligation to love you, has made a way for you to be a part of His family. I love my adopted son and daughter more than I can ever have imagined I would; they are mine. God loves you and me so much more. Call on Jesus today, turn from your sin and become a part of the family of God.