Monday, January 26, 2009

WARNING!! I'm Pulling Out My Soapbox

I could not begin to count how many times over the last two years or so I've heard the following from wonderful, loving people: "We have definitely thought about adopting, but I doubt we could ever afford it. It just seems so difficult to do."

In contrast, thanks to President Obama's actions this past Monday, many around the world will not have to say that about getting an abortion.

I've also heard so many people say: "I don't think abortion is good, but you just don't realize how tragic it is to have all of these unwanted and/or disabled children in the world. It would be better if they weren't born."

When I hear that, I want to say, That's my son you're talking about!

Joshua was born with a birth defect that left his face deformed and made him unable to eat like a normal infant.

His birth parents abandoned him on the side of a busy road in a box.

He spent the first year and a half of his life staring out of the metal bars of his shared crib in an orphanage.

He will go through multiple surgeries costing thousands of dollars and have to overcome many obstacles to learn to talk normally.

Looking at a life like that on paper, many would say that it would be better for that child if he were never born.

And I would invite those who say that to look at my vivacious two-year-old,

who knows that he belongs to a family that loves him,

who is embraced by a wide circle of family and friends,

who dances like a wild child,

and who is far too fearless, strong-willed, and smart for his own good,

and I would tell those people not to discount what God can do, especially when it comes to orphans.

Long ago, our Creator told a nation of people: I have set before you life and death,blessings and curses. Now choose life so that you and your children may live. (Deut 30:19)

In our own nation, creating a loving home for an orphan is a dream out of reach for many people, but every effort is made to ensure that disposal of children is cheap and easy.

Please take a minute to send the President an email telling him that our tax dollars he's spending on abortions would be better spent on adoption assistance and orphan care.


Poppa said...

Pappa says That was Awesome Angie. God is going to use this and you guys in a very powerful way.

Megan O. said...

Hi--Stephanie sent me a link to your blog because I just wrote a post the other day about the burden I feel to see an end to abortion in our country. Thank you so much for this beautiful and personal message of the power of adoption. Do you mind if I link to it on my blog?

Anonymous said...

That was incredibly powerful Angie. It made me cry. I could hear the love and compassion you have for all children, especially those who are seen as unwanted and discarded. If only President Obama and those who think like him could read your blog.

HappyNomads said...

Preach it, Sista!!! We agree whole-heartedly!!!!

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Amanda said...

I clicked on this link from my sister's blog (megan) and am so glad I did! I was very touched! This blog cemented my desire to one day adopt. I hope the Lord will one day allow me to reach out and love an orphan in this way!

Bosse Posse said...

Angie. I was in tears reading your blog entry (Stephanie sent me), seriously, tears. I feel like saying ... Amen, halleluia, preach it sista. If only more people could get the sanctity of life with a God where all things are possible. Thank you so much for your honesty, your heart, and for being obedient the the command God's given us to love and care for orphans. You are awesome (your sister's not too bad either).

Jennifer said...

Found you from this blessed life - Awesome post!

Mom of Three said...

Blessed life linked to your post. You have been angels to this child. He is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this. May your actions spread God's love exponentially.

lou said...

Hi.. I found you from Stephanie's blog and now stalk you both. You are both such clever and witty writers, but I have to say this is the most moving blog entry I have EVER read. You have changed the way I look at things. Thank you.

OrganicMama said...

Hi there - just read this and loved it. Thanks for sharing about your little guy. God bless you guys and Happy New Year!

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