Today, I’m profoundly grateful for the work of one man with a vision and passion for justice. When I reflect on his work and influence, his boldness, bravery, and faith in the face of adversity are beyond honorable.
I know that our family makeup is really possible because of his determination to not stand for intolerance. When I look at pictures of my daughter, now a world away, I know that even though she will grow up in America, her life is not going to be easy. I know I can never be her birth mother. I know that our hair and our skin and our eyes will never match. And among many other deeply emotional challenges that adoption brings, there is, for her, also this added complexity that we quite clearly do not resemble each other. I know that there will be days when it will all feel downright unfair to her, to have lost her country of birth, her family of birth, and to be stuck with this blue-eyed, fair-skinned mama. And just writing the words, I weep, because if I could give her the gift of her first family, the gift of her birth mother, oh I would. If I could give her the gift of her birth country to grow up in safely, I would. I dream of a day when her country will know peace, a day when nearly five million orphans do not roam it’s dusty terrain, a day when more children live past age five.
It is all a redemptive response to a broken situation. It’s not a perfect solution. It’s not the way it was meant to be in the beginning, before sin and evil and the fall. But it is the way the story is being written for one little girl that will now know family, even if we look a little different.
And I know there is so, so much more work to be done in the way of racial prejudice and justice and equality. For my children, I want that. And for all of us, I want that.
I love what an old college friend posted on Facebook earlier today regarding the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:
“God has not given us a spirit of fear but of POWER, LOVE, AND of A SOUND MIND (2Tim. 1:7)”
In the face of fear, hate, and persecution, DR. KING stood on this truth, choosing to LOVE, and put his faith into action for the freedom God said was for EACH and every one of us. Even with all of King’s vices and short comings, God proved that he won’t always call the qualified but will qualify the called to put his work into action. Don’t let fear be an excuse for not STEPPING UP to the seemingly impossible. With God, ALL things are possible. Thank you God and thank you Dr. King for being obedient to the call and laying your life down for freedom.
Of all the quotes and profound truth he spoke, this quote rattles me most:
Especially in light of last week’s post on human trafficking, I think we can all agree that there is so, so far to go yet.
Let us not be the ones who give up on what’s right.
Let us not be the ones who stay quiet and content with the injustices that plague our world today.
Let us not be the ones who keep riding in our comfortable seats at the front of the bus because it will cause too much of a stir to stand up and give our seat to someone else, to another equally deserving person.
Each of us has a voice with which to speak.
We have a spirit to pray.
We have resources to give.
We have this one life.
And though the problems look big and it would be easier to stay in our comfortable seat on the bus, God has given us this moment in time to stand up.
I don’t know what that looks like for you. But I fully believe that you aren’t called to ride quiet and turn a blind eye. You were called to love. You were called to be light.
Let us seek the Lord on behalf of the oppressed.
To dignity, justice, and freedom for all,
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