November is National Adoption Awareness Month! Today I'm blogging to Kristin Taylor's prompt from two weeks ago, How God Adopts Us, inspired by Monica Bidwell's book. Late some? I got sidetracked and waylaid trying to say something about this amazing topic and didn't have anything even by the following week. However, I expect to be on time for the linkup that began Wednesday three days ago.
We all have that longing for belonging. No matter how it might appear, everyone has experiences of rejection, exclusion and doubt about their worthiness as members of the human race. Long ago I checked into the hostel in Lübeck and started talking with the only other lodger in the room; she announced she knew how much her parents had wanted her because she was adopted. No doubt whatsoever.
Adoption is a picture of the gospel
The gospeled good news of God's passion for all creation, God's embrace of everyone, God's big "yes!" to what's often society's "no," to what's often our own negative commentary to ourselves, about ourselves.
By Water and Word, God who first created us claims and adopts us – the doubly chosen! – into the family of God in every place and every time; we become one of Jesus' of Nazareth's many siblings. But there's more! God calls us to live in covenant with all creation. God trusts us to live as God's hands, feet, mind, will, and heart on earth, in the power of the Holy Spirit of Pentecost to claim our divine nature as humans who truly reflect and embody their divine image by caring for creation as God and Jesus would.
God adopts you and calls you worthy. Believe it. Claim it. Live it! Celebrate it! This week's linkup closes in about an hour, so that's all for today.