Archive for May 8th, 2009

The Gift – a book

Friday, May 8th, 2009

There’s a portion of a song that goes something like, “If you can’t be with the one you love, Honey, love the one you’re with.” (Is that by Will Young?) (Correction on 5/9: My friend Chris, who knows everything about music, told me that this is by Stephen Stills. He also wants you to know that Stills means something by those lyrics quite different from what I say.)

That line can have a variety of meanings, but one spin is reminiscent of the parable of the Good Samaritan told by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Samaritans and the Jews were traditionally enemies, but when a Samaritan took pity on a wounded Jewish man, Jesus said that it was the Samaritan who was truly the neighbor to the Jew, not those who would usually be called “neighbors.” He showed his neighborliness by his behavior.

Think of family love. More and more folks are opening their hearts and homes to adopt children who are not “bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh.” Does this mean they’re not really “family”? Does this mean that the real bond, the stronger bond, is the biological bond? I think most of us realize that it takes more than biology to make a family; you need genuine LOVE.

Sometimes we hear that adopted children worry about this. They wonder if they’re REALLY a part of the adopted family, or if they’re more a part of the birth parents.

I recently purchased a book by Karen Craft and Meghan Branscomb entitled The Gift. This book is a bit about adoption, and a lot about family love. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I do recommend it to you! You can find out about ordering this book on the site Just Sharing a Story.