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To Be Adopted and To Adopt

Please read this piece by Deal Hudson.

When I was a young man, I always assumed parents loved their adopted children less, or at least differently, than those who genetically shared their flesh and blood. When I thought of myself as a father, it never occurred to me that I might one day love my adopted son as much as my biological daughter.

Even more, I never imagined it would be through the experience of raising an adopted child that I would finally understand the significance of what is meant when Scripture speaks of our being "adopted" sons and daughters of God.

When I read what St. Paul writes in Romans 8:1-17 -- that, as adopted children, we walk "not according to the flesh but according to the spirit" -- I recall my youthful assumption that the strongest bonds of love are those connected by natural bloodlines. This was indeed...

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