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N8’S NOTES

Father’s Day Adoption

At three months old, I was put up for adoption through the Colorado Christian adoption agency. I was raised in the small town of Worland, Wyoming by Michael and Kendra Shank.

Growing up I became acutely aware that there is a question that all children, especially those who are adopted, struggle with in life. What if I was born in a different place with different parents?

What if they weren't my "real" parents? What if my dad were…? (I used to dream of a rich benefactor.) What if I could be born into a family of knights in England? What would my life be like if I was created for something better?

One night in a dimly lit rehabilitation room that my dad spent his retirement on to save my life, this is what he taught me about adoption and it has sustained me:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known* to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” (Ephesians 1:3-10)

My dad simply said. “God is your father and you can't change that any more than you can change how, why, or where you are born. Only follow him, and if I am showing you him then follow me so you can meet him.” My dad then explained my adoption.

You were decided on and chosen to be lavishly loved by The Creator of the universe and Author of life (read John 1)! Even knowing that we would sin and keep falling away, he still died for us. Adoption is a very calculated and very committed decision and God shows us this in his perfection!

When we accept adoption by God, he knows what's best whether or not we understand. As a child of God, you can be happy anywhere, because you were created for a purpose and chosen for love.

Work out those adoption issues, kids, and don't forget the men in your life who showed you the Father, whether by example, instruction, or just keeping you alive long enough to understand the love of God.