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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Thursday, June 2, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Romans 8:14–17

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if we in fact suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. (NRSV)

When my partner and I were in the process of adopting, we had to take several preparatory classes. One class focused on the inevitable ridiculous questions that we would receive about our family. I remember gasping in that class. Surely no one would ask things like, “Didn’t you want real children? Aren’t you afraid they will leave you to find their real parents?” And yet, sadly we have fielded those questions and so many more. Without a doubt the most offensive question I received was, “How many of these mistakes are you going to take in?” Did you just gasp? I bet you did.

I took a pause, just like the class taught me, and then I answered, “My children may have been unplanned, but they were never unwanted. Don’t you dare ever refer to my children or any other children as mistakes. Am I clear?” There was fire in my eyes and voice. The class didn’t teach that.

Just as the questions we received about adoption are ridiculous, so too are any doubts about God’s love for each of us. A little later in this chapter of Romans its says that nothing can separate us from the love of God. It is the promise I hold closest to my heart. We are children of God and have received a spirit of adoption. There is no question about our realness. There is no hint that we might be mistakes. We are the heirs of God and nothing will separate us.

God of mystery, there is so much that I don’t understand about you. But this I know: your love is often compared to a parent’s love, and I know the depth of love I have for my children. That your love is deeper is something I cannot fathom. I’m thankful that I don’t have to understand it to believe it. Amen.

Written by Andrea Denney, Executive Director of Operational Ministries

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