Welcome to the Family (5 of 8) by Roger Thomas

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Welcome to the Family (5 of 8)
Series: Galatians--Free to Serve
Roger Thomas
Galatians 3:26-4:7

Introduction: Adoption is a marvelous concept from whatever perspective you look at it. From the parents' side, adoption is often an answer to prayer. Moms and dads who have wanted a child but for any number of reasons couldn't now have a child of their own to love and share their lives with. I have seen the excitement of adopting parents preparing to pick up their new baby at the airport after its long flight from Korea. Some of you have known the joy of bringing a youngster home that you thought might never be yours.

I remember some friends of ours who adopted an abandoned child from the inner city. They already had three or four children of their own but wanted to make room for another. People often asked Darrel and Vicki why they adopted Cameron. Vicki would say with a twinkle in her eyes, "You know we've often asked ourselves that same question." After little Cameron proved to be quite the "live wire," Darrel would often say, "We thought we were saving Cameron from Kansas City but we've come to believe we actually saved Kansas City from Cameron."

From a child's viewpoint, adoption is an invitation to become part of a family. We all seen it in the movies. Remember how Little Orphan Annie so wanted someone to love her. Finally Daddy Warbucks fulfilled her dreams by making her his daughter.

A lot of children who aren't adopted wonder if they are. They worry that being adopted might make them a lesser real part of the family.

I don't remember how it came up. When our daughter was about seven or eight years old, her older brother started telling her she was adopted. You know how older brothers can be. He was just trying to push her buttons. Well it worked. Of course, it didn't help any when I wouldn't deny it. She didn't know what to believe. She became so upset she threatened to run away from home. Her brother offered to h ...

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