There was a family who found out they were going to have twins, two little boys. They already had children and were concerned about two more mouths to feed, two more children to add to the family. Then they found out that one of the twins had Trisomy 21. Instead of the normal 2 sets of chromosome # 21, there was an extra one, resulting in what is commonly known as Down's syndrome. The family was distraught. They wondered if they would have the time, energy and finances to raise a special needs child. So the family made a decision to keep the 'good' twin and give up for adoption the 'less than perfect' one.
Meanwhile, in a city far far away, a young couple who had been trying to have a child found out about this 'less than perfect' child. Their hearts were stirred within, and they knew this would be the perfect child for them. At great expense and sacrifice, the young couple came from the far away city to meet the newborn child. The couple already loved the thought of the child, but when he was placed in their arms for the first time, their hearts burst with happiness. Something wonderful happened. They saw him as absolutely perfect, and they knew beyond any doubt that they had been blessed with the 'good' one.
This is a true story of a *Sacred Selections adoption- the adoption of Jonathan-the happiest little guy you will ever meet. It is a unique story, and yet it is your story and my story also. You see, all Christians have their own sacred selection story
for we have all been selected by our Heavenly Father for adoption into His family.
But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son, into our hearts, crying , "Abba! Father!"
Galations 4: 5-7
Abba is a term of endearment. It is an Aramaic word that can be most closely translated as “Daddy.” It signifies the close, intimate relationship of a father to his child, as well as the childlike trust that a young child puts in his “daddy.” It is a term of love. Sometimes I wonder if we really 'get it'. Do you understand how much you are loved? Do any of us really understand the depths of God's love for us? He chose us to be in His family. He WANTS to have a close loving relationship with you and with me. He knows we are imperfect, yet when our Heavenly Father looks upon us, He sees us as perfect for Him. He sees all the potential we have deep within to learn from Him, and to grow in grace, becoming all that He knows we can be, the very best version of ourself.
Our adoption into His family was not cheap, nor did it occur because we were 'good'. God chose to send His Son to pay the adoption costs, at great sacrifice to Him, and this sacrifice was not made for us because we were 'good' and 'perfect'.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5: 8
While we were broken, imperfect, sinners, God wanted us! God loved us in that condition! Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, paid the ultimate adoption cost, giving His life so that we might have life. And even though in this life, we still continue to stumble and fall, His love is always there, His compassion and mercy and forgiveness new every day. Praise our Abba Father ~ we have been adopted by the Creator of the Universe!
And that is reason to celebrate. That is reason to spread out our arms just like Jonathan and smile an irrepressible smile of happiness, because happiness IS being adopted!
~ I have an uncle with Down's syndrome and consider myself blessed to have had Uncle Bobby in my life.
I believe the extra chromosome #21 is actually an extra for good things like selflessness, and love, and happiness. The rest of us 'normal' ones seem to struggle with those things...
~ The terms 'the good one', and 'less than perfect' were words actually used by the birth family.
~*Sacred Selections is a non profit agency that raises money to fund adoptions for Christian families. For more information check out their website www.sacredselections.org or contact me through my home page. Sacred Selections is currently hoping to reach out to pregnancy crisis centers across the country to encourage adoption not abortion. If you feel led to help in this effort, please contact me, as I am now committed to working with them in this capacity.