Today before we pray, I want to share someone else’s post that I read over 2 1/2 years ago. When she originally posted this, Megan and her husband had adopted two infants and an older sibling group. She shares the beauty and the challenges of adopting older children with special needs in such an honest way:
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010
These Kids Are Killing Me
I am thankful that God chose to ruin my “dreams” for my life with His blessings of these precious children who, by the intensity of their needs and hurts, have caused me to seek more fully after the only true thing that can save me – Jesus Christ, crucified, resurrected, and reigning victorious.
You can follow Megan and her family at http://colombianbrewed.blogspot.com/. After she wrote this, they adopted another teenage sibling group.
Her story reminds me of what Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it becomes many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” John 12:24-25
Today we want to pray for the families who navigate the challenges of adopting and parenting challenging children and for parents who are willing to adopt older children and sibling groups:
Father, we ask for the strength and grace that only you can provide for adoptive parents facing challenges this day. God we pray that more people would be called to adopt older children and sibling groups. Father, teach us all what it means to sacrifice in order to take up the cause of the fatherless – in prayer, in supporting others, and when applicable in caring for and parenting orphans. We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.