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Adoption

Orphan Sunday is November 3

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Scripture is full of commands for followers of Christ to care for the fatherless.God himself has modeled adoption by adopting us into his family and giving us all the rights that entails. We are joint heirs with the Son of God.

Children’s homes and orphanages around the world, including the U.S., are full of children who crave the love and security of a strong, Christ-honoring family. There is a need within every person to be connected, to be loved, and to be acknowledged. For those without a “forever family,” the needs are great, and Christians have a unique obligation to care for them.

We should support those who are called to adopt a child. We should seek God’s will to discover if we should adopt or be foster parents. We should provide support and assistance to young women facing crisis pregnancies and single motherhood.

Human life at any age and circumstance is precious. Admittedly, at times we may be guilty of focusing our pro-life energies on the unborn to the exclusion of the already born. Yet the sanctity of human life ethic declares that human life of all ages is made in the image of God and worthy of our greatest care.

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