shani4jc

Selfless Love

Posted on: 7-15-112015

I read a story a few days ago about a couple who adopted two special needs children. One of the children was a cocaine baby.  She had been left unable to hear, see, speak, or move.  She was adopted by the couple at seven weeks and the doctors said she would live a year at the most.  She lived six.  The couple was responsible for meeting her every need.  They had to feed her, bathe her, dress her, and turn her.  They did all of this knowing that she would never be able to do anything for them in return.  They poured love into her knowing that she would never be able to express her love for them.  They sang to her, talked to her, and asked her questions knowing that they would never hear her voice in return.  They did all of these things for the second child they adopted as well.  Two children with no ability to do anything for themselves…two children who could never hug them or kiss them or call out their name…tow children who were totally dependent on their parents for everything…two children who could never express their appreciation or their love for what their parents did for them…yet this couple did it hour after hour, day after day, month after month, year after year.  We look at this and wonder why they did it.  What could they possibly get out of this type of relationship?  It’ s hard to fathom or begin to understand why they did what they did.  It’s even harder to fathom or begin to understand why God did the exact same thing for us.  He, too, adopted children who would be absolutely dependent on Him every single day of their lives.  He adopted children who He would have to be totally responsible for and who would be unable to take care of themselves apart from His help.  He adopted children to whom He would pour His love out, knowing full well they would never be able to return that love.  He knew His children would never be able to express their gratitude for what He had done for them.  Knowing all of this, He looked at us through eyes of the purest love known, and He chose us to be His own.  We have nothing to offer Him except ourselves with all of our weaknesses, frailties, problems, and needs.  And He still chooses us day after day after day.  This is the truest love the world will ever know.

“God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.  This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure.”  Ephesians 1:5

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