I was scrolling though Twitter this morning when I came across an article put out by the National Council for Adoption. This organisation is located in the United States but even for those of us that are beyond the US borders what Alexis Oberdorfer has to say about transracial and transcultural adoptions is important for us all to understand.
She talks about education and intentionality in a way that is pertinent to all of us, no matter what our connection to adoption may be.
I invite you to read her words here:
Please pray with me for a desire for a greater knowledge and a passion to be intentional in our relationships.
Thank you for each day that we are given. Thank you that we have opportunities to learn and grow. Please help us to seek out ways in which to increase our understanding of different races and cultures. Help us to listen with open heart and minds. Help us to be respectful and honest in our love towards others and their histories, experiences, and cultures.
Lord, please strengthen our resolve to be intentional in our efforts to learn and engage with other cultures and peoples. I pray that we will show our children a way of respect, peace, acceptance, and honour to others, their experiences, and their peoples. I also pray that we will show and open up ways for each child to connect with their own culture while also respecting and engaging with other cultures around them.
For those that have adopted across the cultural and racial lines, or themselves have been adopted, please show them, and us, the beauty of the different birth cultures. May we not push down or reject the people from where they came but embrace them as a beautiful part of who they are.
You are the God of all nations. You have created all people as important, beautiful, and as an image of who you are. To see you more clearly we must look to all people, we cannot express your majesty alone but in connection with one another. Please bring us together, help us to see that which is unique as beautiful and that which unifies us as wonderful.
To you be the glory and honour I pray,