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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – January 7, 2021

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – January 7, 2021

Adoption Thoughts, Week 1

By Jodie Montgomery with Guest Blogger Marcella Townsend

 

As promised in last week’s IBC Women’s Blog, we continue our thoughts on adoption by featuring a story from my sister in law, Marcella Townsend. In the next three blogs, Marcella will answer three questions I asked her:

  • What are your thoughts on adoption?
  • How did you go about discovering your birth mother?
  • And what was it like to connect with family that are also strangers?

 

So, what are your thoughts on adoption?

From Marcella:

“Last year I made the decision to my search for my birth mother.  At 52 years of age, I had recently lost my father to Parkinson’s disease, my mother having died ten years earlier from cancer.  I was without parents for the first time in my life, and some part of me was stirred to fill the void left by their absence.    In their wisdom they had explained my adoption to me as early as I can remember, and poured out unconditional love for me and my adopted sister as I do now for my own children.  I have always known I was given up for adoption at birth, and considered myself fortunate to be a part of a close-knit and loving, with many extended relatives in my life.  

 

 At no time did I feel bad about being an adoptee, or sense any stigma about that fact.   If anything, I may have felt a bit of pride at being selected and intentionally made part of my family.  As I later came to understand that adoption was not the only option for unwanted pregnancy, I knew that my life was a true blessing from God. Likewise, I never had any bad feelings about my biological parents.  My birth mother had been a college student when I was born on September 1st.  When I thought of her through the years, I imagined that she was able to complete her education, with the inconvenience of pregnancy over by the start of the school year.  I dreamed that she had gone on to have a career, marriage, and family.  It was not until I gave birth to my first child that I truly understood the maternal bond that existed between us or the sacrifice she made in carrying me to term and giving me up.”

 

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens.

 

Marcella realizes that her life was spared by her birth mom. We know from God’s Revelation that our Creator affirms life. Many struggle over choices in their past. God’s Revelation also reveals His great mercy to the repentant. As we begin a New Year, may we affirm life and share God’s word of reconciliation remembering that He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).