Family

“In love He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and His will – to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.” Ephesians 1: 5-6

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28

My father’s heritage was a large part English.   My mother described her nationality as “Heinz 57” which I took pride in.   I thought it made me an all-American.   My husband, who is one hundred percent Swedish, diluted the mix when he married me.

Two of our grandsons are African-American and adopted.    Jim and Heather brought Isaac home when he was an infant in 2006.   Jon and Sarah brought Chris home when he was ten in 2007.    These boys have been grafted into our hearts and belong to us just as much as our birth grandchildren.   Their addition to our family made it richer and brought awe and wonder.

Our youngest son, Joel, married Adreza who is part Brazilian and part Italian.    We call their daughter, Anjela, with her curly hair, our Brazilian Shirley Temple.

Our family reminds us that all God’s kids are adopted.   It reminds us that, although the Family of God is diverse, it is one.

Father, thank you for adopting me and giving me the right to be called your child.   Adoption was costly for Jim and Heather and Jon and Sarah, but it cost You the life of your only Son.    Help me never to forget I was bought with the precious blood of the Lamb of God.   Let me be an instrument of love and reconciliation in Your diverse family.

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