I was looking through blogs today, seeing what was on the minds of those out there in the adoption world, when I came across a picture with a little note about the birth of Jesus that made me think. "Even Baby Jesus was Adopted" was the caption, and in that one sentence I realized that I had never put his birth into that perspective before. It is absolutely true. The immaculate conception that produced a baby to the Mother Mary, Jesus was born in a manger to her and only her. Standing there right by her side was Joseph, a man who knew that this child was not his but loved Mary enough to know he would be the one to help raise him. He did not complain or think twice, so the Good Book tells us, but instead took on the responsibilities of being a father to a child he did not help create.
He raised Jesus the best he could with morals and values. He taught him carpentry and led him through his short journey in life with love and understanding. He adopted Jesus into his heart as his child, proving to God and the world that he was a good parent and a noble man. He took the challenge that God set before him and he did his best to uphold his promise to raise Jesus as his own. If we look at it this way, one could argue that adoption was the choice that God made for Jesus. One could then argue that adoption is a noble choice for anyone who follows in God's footsteps.
It is a deep notion to consider. I was raised Catholic and know the religion. But I wonder how many other people out there have thought about the life of Jesus in this way? It is completely true, Jesus was adopted by Joseph. And if adoption was good enough for God, then why can't more people see the positive side of adoption? Why does there have to be such a negative stigma attached to those who are considered the birth parents? Why do these amazing, selfless, brave, and often vilianized parents have to live with such ridicule? Did they not make the same decision for their children that God made for his son? I sit here proud to think that I made the same decision that God made when it came to our children, and I have never thought about it this way before.
Just another sign that I have a purpose in life to raise POSITIVE awareness for this sensitive issue we call adoption.