This is actually effort number two to write about National Adoption Month. My first effort was a satire about why people shouldn't adopt which J., my editor-in-chief, deemed perhaps too biting for my blog. He likened it to inviting a group of friends into my living room and then slicing them open with a scalpel. It's not a pretty image. Consequently, you won't be reading my biting satire as that is not the way I like to treat my guests.
The impetus to the writing of the satire was born out of frustration. Frustration over why more people don't choose to adopt. Frustration over others thinking that J. and I must be some sort of super-parents in order to parent the children we do. Frustration that money is so often the reason cited for not adopting... the adoption fees are seen as too expensive, raising another child is too expensive, and the number one reason I hear most: We can't afford to send one more child to college, as if those four years represent the be-all and end-all of life.
I am frustrated with complacency. I am frustrated with fear. I am frustrated with Christians allowing Satan to win this battle.
And children wait. They wait for a family whom they can belong to. A family that will give them permanency. And it is more than just for the growing up years. They wait for a mother and father who will be there after they are grown... to be at their wedding, to be grandparents to their children, to be a shoulder to cry on, and a place to come home to. Children without families have no hope for the future.
Look at the faces. Just go and look.