Below is a video of Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame speaking about adoption.  Thank you to a friend on Facebook that posted the video to her page.  For those of you who know the story of my family, Willie’s story will sound familiar.

From the video:

“We went into marriage (knowing) we want to adopt.  He’s bi-racial.  He doesn’t look like us. It was the most probably selfless thing that we had ever done… Got pregnant a month later…that wasn’t planned so we have two twins…Little Will came into our lives and I challenge you…a group this size…Some of you may have thought about that – I challenge you to do that.  It’s unbelievable.  That’s what God did with us, you know.  He took us in.  Jesus is his son.  We are his adopted children.  And so I can look at my two sons that I have and literally see the New Testament unfolded right there.  Because I have the same love for him.  No different.” – Willie Robertson

Parker and Jay

Parker and Jay

Janet and I also had the joy of adoption.  In 2008, having experienced infertility, Janet and I decided to adopt.  After filling out extensive paperwork and waiting for several months, a wonderful young lady picked us to be the adoptive parents of her soon-to-be-born baby boy.  This young lady, our birthmom, made the most amazing, loving and self-sacrificing decision a person could ever make.  We were and continue to be the blessed recipients of her decision.

On December 26, 2008, our son, Parker was born.  Parker is Hispanic (the one on the left in the picture). On January 1, 2009, we were able to take him home from the hospital after a short stay for Parker in the NICU (the reasons for his stay were nothing major).

Little did we know that Janet was already pregnant.  On September 1, 2009, our second son, Jonathan (Jay) was born.  God blessed our family in a mighty way – a little bit too mightly on many occasions.

As Willie Robertson said in the video, adoption is a reflection of what God did for us through Christ.  Romans 8:14-17 testifies to this fact, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”

God blessed Janet and I by adoption into his family.  He blessed us again by giving us Parker through the miracle of adoption.

Let me challenge you in the same way as Willie.  Please consider adoption.  Please encourage adoption.  If you have not been adopted into God’s family, please consider surrendering your life to Jesus Christ.