First posted on Grace In Process group Facebook page by Ron Gerking: Friday Update, March 13
Well, Gracers, we made it through another week filled with all the excitement of life as we know it on this dysfunctional world. It was a week I received a packet from my sister with information concerning our “Blood Family”. As I mentioned in the Wednesday post my dad was adopted on the day he was born. This we knew, what we didn’t know was there were records about the adoption. That came as a shock to us, a very big shock, as we had always been told the records had been lost in a fire!
A few years ago my niece decided we needed to know if there really were any records or not. So she began the process of finding out. She found the records safe and sound. What surprised me more was discovering how stressed I was reading the history of my father’s adoption, and finding out the extent of his birth family. We could have made contact with our “Real” grandmother because she lived in Northern California until her death in 1980.
There is still one remaining Aunt to contact, what we might discover only God knows. Maybe now is the prime moment to make contact with the one who can help us understand much that the paperwork never will or can tell us. I loved my grandparents, the ones who adopted my dad. They taught me more about loving without judging than anyone else in my entire life.
After my mom’s death my dad went a little crazy. He began some life choices that actually surprised me, although maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised. However, I tend to go along through life rather obtuse regarding most things unless they wind up right in my face. At least I’m not looking for the next disaster, or in constant distrust of all I meet. While it does often leave me quite surprised by events when they happen, and I am often submarined because I am unaware of much happening around me, the positive is I’m not often very cynical or expecting the bad out of life or my relationships.
All of this reminds me of a Truth we discover in our own lives, the adoption that is ours through Jesus into His Family. When I was reading the adoption declaration, it made it clear a certain baby who had no name was now the child of my grandparents. The paperwork was so clear; in the eyes of the law my dad was now a Gerking! As far as the law is/was concerned my dad was now a member of the Gerking clan from that moment throughout Eternity.
We have been adopted into the Family of God through His grace and by the life, death, and resurrected life of Jesus Christ! It is through God’s Amazing Grace we are children of God once more, adopted into the family from which we can never be taken!
Being a member of the Gerking’s has been great, I had the best grandparents anyone could have. They showed me the meaning of love, acceptance, warmth, gentleness, and more than anything in this world they longed for my Dad, my Uncle, my cousins, my sisters, and me to be in Christ Jesus’ Family. To that end they prayed, they loved, they tried to make sure we knew there was a God who loved us completely. They gave what I am sure my father’s birth dad and mom could not, the love of God!
If there was one thing I could communicate to any who are or may read this, it is how precious is the Love God lavishes upon those He loves. And guess who that includes? You are absolutely correct if you answered with your name! Because, no matter how you look at it, Jesus did what He did for every living soul on this planet from Adam and Eve to __________! No one has to experience Death, Jesus has made it possible for all who are willing to believe in who He is, accepting His Lordship to become co-heirs with Him.
Easier said than done, as are most things. Yet we have One who knows us with a deep intense love. This love surpasses anything we are capable of amplifying in our lives. God is willing and waiting to fulfill the promise of Abundant Life through each and everyone of us as He determines. All things are possible when Jesus makes it His business!
No matter what we may find out about my father’s birth family, I’m still a Gerking, will always be a Gerking. That’s the amazing thing about adoption, the ones who take you chose you. They came along with the desire to have a child. For whatever reason it wasn’t possible for them to have a child, so they adopt, they look for the one they want and make their choice.
God made a choice, He chose us over not having us! Nothing made Him put together the plan that brought to us the adoption as His sons and daughters! Except His Love, Grace, and Mercy–all choices He made for us!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In Love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of His glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the one he loves.” Ephesians 1:3-6 New International Version
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