Today I read a story,
Today I shed a tear,
Today I am happy,
Today I am blessed,
Today is here.
The story I read this morning brought back memories of my own past, along with the thoughts I grew up every day. Who am I? Where do I come from? What was my mother like? Did she love me? Why did she choose life for me?
These and many other questions used to rattle around my brain growing up, but there was always something steadfast in my life and that was my knowledge of God. From a very young age I always had a sense of God, but never knew the true meaning until I went to Sunday School as a child. It was like; “yeah, I know who God is.” It was never a question, it was more a matter of fact for me.
However; for some children the same cannot be said. Some of these children who were given up for adoption did not know God or know the love He offered because of adoptive parents who either did not care or were abusive. For them my heart to this day still aches.
It is for these children, even today that causes me to share my own story of being separated from my mother at birth and our eventual reunion 46 years later on my birthday. In this and many other adoption stories there is a story of hope and strength.
The story I read today reminded me of how God can take care of children even when the parent is not able to. For those like the one in the story, they were cared for by loving parents who did they best they could with what they had. Regardless of the things like food, clothing and a roof to live under, the one thing that a child must have is love. Without it, all other things do not matter.
For those of us saved through our mothers, who in their condition chose life for us because they had hope; a hope for a child that they knew they could not properly care for even though they loved them. For this we will always be grateful, because somewhere deep down they knew that there was something greater for us to do. Whether they believed in God or not; it was His plan and not their own that put us where we are today.
So for those whose story includes adoption; never give up hope nor your will to live each day as a gift from God and your mother.
Today is now,
Today you will succeed,
Today you love,
Today you are loved,
Today is yours.