A Special Christmas Adoption
Read the following blog by Ignite Hope's CEO, Jacqui Jackson, about how the Christmas season brings adoption to the forefront of her thoughts!
So Christmas always undoes me...big time. The sights and sounds are right up my alley, but it’s the spirit of the thing that truly blows my mind. Years ago while praying home my firstborn, I studied and pondered Mary's love for Jesus, for as a woman with a heart for children, my connection to her felt natural and deep. Even as a little girl, this phrase in Luke 2:19 about Jesus’ birth connected deeply with me: “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” I loved and still love those words because of the image they evoke and the heart behind them. But this year, after a year living in the space of vulnerable children, absentee fathers, waiting parents, and foster placements, I was really moved to study what Scripture says about dads, specifically about what it means to be a good father. That's a really hard concept for some kids (and adults) to wrap their heads around, and this is for good reason, for fatherhood is a big task. God's ideal for fatherhood was clear, and He chose an earthly example in Joseph, a man of obedience, faith, and character, to become Baby Jesus' dad. More specifically, He chose Joseph to be Jesus’ adoptive daddy. The other day I was sitting in church and feeling like a hot mess because we had just completed the marathon of dropping off four kids in four classrooms in two different environments and then racing into what I used to call "big church" for an hour of peace and truth. I was attempting to regroup and relax, so I just let the music wash over me. One of