This post is in honor of National Adoption Day, which is every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
We were born strangers and orphans, yet God adopted us.
He said “…I will be a father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters…” 2 Corinthians 6:18
He is “…a father to the fatherless…” Psalm 68: 5, 6
In Him “…the fatherless find compassion.” Hosea 14:3
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans…” James 1: 27
“Those who accept Christ… are not left as orphans, to bear the trials of life alone. He receives them as members of the heavenly family; He bids them call His Father their Father. They are His “little ones,” dear to the heart of God, bound to Him by the most tender and abiding ties. He has toward them an exceeding tenderness, as far surpassing what our father or mother has felt toward us in our helplessness as the divine is above the human.”
“Christ loves the heavenly beings that surround His throne; but what shall account for the great love wherewith He has loved us? We cannot understand it, but we can know it true in our own experience. And if we do hold the relation of kinship to Him, with what tenderness should we regard those who are brethren and sisters of our Lord! Should we not be quick to recognize the claims of our divine relationship? Adopted into the family of God, should we not honor our Father and our kindred?” The Desire of Ages, page 327
I am grateful to the Warner family for sharing their photos with me.