“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.”
Thought for the Day: When we receive God’s gift.
“Are you still interested in adopting another baby?” were the words we heard when we answered the phone. Hannah’s Hope was the adoption agency for the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church and they were calling. We had been on the waiting list for sometime, but were still in awe when the call came. “There was a baby boy born last night. Would you be interested?” Our thought was “Of Course!”. We were very interested but asked if we could take some time to pray about it and to call them back later. We prayed as soon as we got off the phone that God would give us a sign either way. I was 49 at that time and Mark was about to turn 52. We had already promised our 6 ½ year old, Nathaniel that we would take him swimming at a friend’s house so we wanted to fulfill that promise. We had a great time at our friend, Elizabeth’s, home to swim and headed home on a curvy road that led home. As we drove, we were quiet and thinking about that sweet baby boy. Then it happened, Mark gasped! Thinking there was something wrong, I asked him what was wrong. He said, “Nothing…He was born ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!” At that moment, that very moment, we said, “We are supposed to adopt that baby.” God had given us a sign, a VERY STRONG DEFINITE SIGN, that we were to adopt that baby. We made it home and immediately called to say we would adopt that baby boy.
Twelve days later, after finishing the adoption papers and making arrangements, we held that baby boy in our arms. That baby boy, our Jonathan Walker, came into our lives and fulfilled our desire and God’s plan for our lives with children. My birthday gift has brought such precious experiences to our lives and his love for everyone has shown clear. There is a special time every year when Jonathan and I share our birthday together. And, on that day every year, we praise God for the gift He gave 9 years ago. God has blessed us with two children who are caring and loving to all they meet. Just this week at Lake Junaluska, I heard from many how our boys were kind in holding doors for people as we walked in buildings, and were considerate to those near them. As one person said, “In today’s world to see young men so considerate of others is rare.” I am proud of my two boys…that 6 ½ year old who welcomed a new little brother those 9 years ago and to that 9 year old who brought God’s gift to us. Thank you, God, for our precious gifts…Nathaniel means “Gift of God” and Jonathan means “God’s gift.”
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the precious gift of children. We have been blessed with these two boys who are precious to us and we never take for granted that it was You who gave these gifts to us.
Prayer Focus: Adoption