365 days ago, we walked around the corner of the civil affairs building in Chongqing, China. Sitting on a couch holding the pillow we had sent over was our daughter. Replaying the tape in my mind is almost overwhelming. Our family has changed. Her life has changed. My life has changed.
Happy Gotcha Day to our youngest! My wife did an incredible entry for Gotcha Day that blessed me when I saw it last night (it was supposed to be a surprise for me, but I accidentally spoiled it). Link here: 4uruthie.
Russell Moore says that adoption is the Gospel and mission. Roughly quoting J.I. Packer, "We understand the Gospel as well as we understand adoption." That's absolutely been true for me - I am more profoundly grateful for God's movement in my life, drawing me into His family by His grace, making me His both legally and relationally through the cross. But it's also mission, in the sense that we carry forth that message in words and action - declaring the Good News and demonstrating it through "true religion" (James 1.27).
For anyone and everyone who's ever thought about it: if God allows you, I'd say go for it.