Confession #1: Yes, I am an adoption cheerleader.
Confession #2: We began our adoption journey in an effort to add to our family. Selfish, I now see.
Confession #3: We ended our China excursion CHANGED FOREVER. What I witnessed was a good dose of reality that God needed me to see.
Confession #4: I have really been grieved and struggling with the fact that there are approximately 147 million children going to bed each night without hugs, kisses, and stories. We have a book by Todd Parr ( I love his children's books!) about adoption and the kids ask me to read it several times a week. It simply states, "You needed love. We had love to give. You need a home. We had a home to share. You needed your boo-boos kissed. We had kisses to give."
Now here is my theory. My thoughts on adoption are evolving drastically. My friend Traci sent me a short, seven minute video (above) this week that has helped me gain a different perspective. It is phenomenal and worth the seven minutes of your life to see it. It helped me see that maybe I shouldn't solely focus on the orphan crisis in the world. I mean, our world is messed up and we all know that. Sadly, there are many unwanted, unloved children. Maybe my focus should shift from "What's wrong with this world" to "How can I pray for the hearts of Christians?" These babies need love, and we have love to give...they need homes, and we have homes to share....they need boo-boos kissed, and we have kisses to give...
I am reminded of the beauty of adopting an orphan every day, many times, by looking at this sweet little face.