Written by cycleguy on May 17th, 2021

In 2003 my brother, Garry, and his wife, Deb, adopted a little girl from China. Lia’s “delivery” was delayed a year due to the SARS virus which shut down the whole adoption from China wheel, but eventually they held beautiful Lia in their arms.

Early in my blogging years, I faithfully followed (and he me) a pastor (Jason) who lived in Alaska (yes, I am jealous). He and his wife were already parents but chose to adopt 2 children from Japan.

Some in the church I serve have adopted children from other nations. One family  has two-one since a baby and the other in her elementary years. They have both grown into beautiful young ladies. One graduates high school this year and the other I look for her to be seen as an Olympic diver if she realizes her dream.

Foster parents and grandparents are making life different for hundreds, even thousands of children every day.

The Bible speaks of adoption into God’s family.  Take a moment and read Romans 8: 14-15; Gal.4:5; and Eph. 1:5. Adoption says we are legally His. He has put His stamp on us. We are identified as His child. He is our Abba Father.

There are several reasons for adoption. One is the desire to make life better for someone. While withholding my comments about what is going on at the southern border, there is a reason so many are making their way here. They see a better life.  For most of them, if not all, they see America as the “land of opportunity.”

We have those who have served our country whom we should thank for that perception (which I do believe to be true). America and its capitalistic ideals, despite all its flaws (which I will not go into), is still the greatest place to live. (And here I will make a statement: if you don’t like it here…leave. See if you can get away with your free speech, etc in China or Russia or some other socialist regime).

I am grateful I live in America…flaws and all. And I just want to stop and say thank you to all the men and women who served, are serving and are training to serve this great nation to keep us free. Have you taken the time to say thanks?



8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ed says:

    I was thinking along the same lines the other day. We ARE a free nation, we may have many flaws… but we ARE free!

  2. Andy Wood says:

    Flaws and all for sure Bill. 4% of this world experiences what it is like to have this experiment in democracy. We are so blessed by where God chose to put us.

    I say thanks almost to a flaw, and I hope others do as well. Unfortunately, we dont get to see WWII and Korean war veterans much anymore. But former service members of the Vietnam era visibly identify themselves to us in the hats and jackets they wear. If anyone runs into these individuals, a handshake and “thank you for your service” means alot. If its a Vietnam Vet, a handshake and a “Welcome Home” means more. We only have a couole decades left to thank this generation!

  3. America is the best country the world has ever known, and I pray we can keep it that way, Bill. Yes, whenever I see a service man or woman, I always tell them thank you. Let freedom ring, and may God continue to bless our nation!

  4. Linda Stoll says:

    we have had many adoptions in our extended family over recent generations. I am grateful for this image of God’s loving welcome to us into His forever family.