When some children learn at some point in their childhood that they have been adopted, there is bound to be some trauma. How could the child not feel some measure of rejection? The very word adoption has a negative vibe, and that’s unfortunate.
Adoption is a marvelous solution to serious problems. If managed well, it can be win-win-win. A decent adoptive home provides a safe, loving, and secure place for a child at risk. It fills the empty arms of childless couples who have a lot to offer. And it provides relief for a desperate parent or parents who are willing to sacrifice their own emotional needs for the needs of the child.
When we think of heroes in the adoption process, let’s remember the courage and sacrifices of a mother who is going through the hardest thing any woman could ever do—parting with a baby. The heroine for all such women is Jochebed, an Israelite slave in Egypt. It was her misfortune to give birth at a time when there was a death sentence on all the newborn Israelite boys. “When she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile” (Exodus 2:3,4).
Her little boy was adopted by an Egyptian princess. Jochebed allowed him to call another woman Mama and allowed another woman to name him.
The Egyptian princess called him Moses.
Pastor Mark Jeske brought the good news of Jesus Christ to viewers of Time of Grace for 18 years. He is currently the senior pastor at St. Marcus Church, a thriving multicultural congregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark is the author of several books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics. He and his wife, Carol, have four adult children.
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