So, I've concluded over the past few months that adoption, as I so naively understood it when I started the process 2.5 years ago, goes well beyond going out for Chinese every once in a while and celebrating the Chinese New Year. I feel very strongly that our family was "chosen" for this purpose, to create a family through adoption. I now realize that our purpose is much greater than when we first chartered this new territory. We are now part of the global family, with a greater responsibility to humanity.
"This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own. If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday; Then the LORD will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land. He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails." Isaiah 58: 6-7,9-11
Where do we begin?
- Supporting organizations that are at the forefront of advocating for change. Some of our favorites are Heifer, Love Without Boundaries, Half the Sky, A Child's Right, and Christian Children's Fund. These are just a few and don't tap the surface of organizations out there who are making efforts to improve social justice.
- Purchasing responsibly. Buying fair trade products, hand-made products, and from companies that are socially responsible.
- Advocating for children's rights abroad and at home.
- Educating ourselves about the realities of world economics.
- Remembering that each life has a purpose.
- Practicing the simple truth of "loving your neighbor".
These are ideas just off the top of my head. There are so many others. May we be challenged to think and act toward the greater good of our Global Family.