I long for that summer. If I could extract the raw pain from the break up, I would relive that summer over and over. It was healing and life-changing and full of possibility and revelation and friendship. I drove each week an hour away to this church, a small congregation I providentially happened upon where… Continue reading Part Fourteen, Grey
How many different sensations of pain are there? A broken heart feels like exactly that, a hollowness in your chest. Sharp debris railing into your lungs without warning. Each beat heavier, more laborious, marked by uncertainty; when will it give way? When will your heart compress under the pressure? The break-up was like a divorce.… Continue reading Part Twelve, God
I drove into the city for my morning classes. A Greek mythology class in the morning, which I enjoyed. It was a couple of months into my first semester of college. More importantly, it was my son's birthday. Emotionally, I had been doing well for the past couple of months. College was invigorating, the atmosphere… Continue reading Part Eight, Grief
My biological mom's husband had kids, three boys and a girl, my step-siblings. One was five years older than me and something drew us together that summer I visited, eleven years old. I was childish and naive and curious and innocent and fascinated by the prospect of an older brother. We repeatedly stayed up late… Continue reading Part Seven, Childish
I particularly enjoy digging through our theological ties to adoption. In Christian circles, it's commonplace to hear references to Moses' adoption to support modern adoption practices. By ingesting the whole story of Moses, I think quite a contrary picture forms. We won't spend time on the technicalities like Moses being three months before being sent… Continue reading “Moses Was Adopted”
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world." - James 1:27 Based on the numerous references to the widow and fatherless of the Old Testament (which are worth rereading- Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 68:5, 82:3, Exodus… Continue reading Religion That is Pure and Undefiled….
One of the most frequent statements I hear from Christians in reference to adoption is that it is a demonstration of our being adopted by God, even implying that this is the primary way to view our relationship to God, based on several texts from Paul (though adoption did not exist in Jewish law and… Continue reading Is God Primarily Our Adoptive Father?