Life Library — Adoption

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  • Adopted into Christ — Time and again Israel is called on to care for the alien and the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, the least of these, our brothers and sisters. The Johnson family explains why that’s still true today.

  • Adoption Advocacy in the LCMS — In 1996, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations addressed adoption in the context of practices such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization. While the gift of procreation is a profound and beautiful testimony to the blessedness of marriage and reveals one of marriage’s most fundamental purposes, marital goodness is not limited by procreation. Where procreation is not possible, many couples choose to adopt a child into their family and, regardless of intention, also reflect the divine love that leads God to adopt us as His own (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5).

  • A Letter to My Birthmother — “I am writing this letter to thank and encourage all the birthmothers who may read it… You made the right choice, and I thank God every day for that.”

  • Embracing Adoption — God builds families and gives the blessing of children through birth and also through adoption. When we embrace the opportunity of adoption, we follow in the heart of God. The church, as the family of God, can support adoptive families and become extensions of God’s mercy.

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