Last Sunday was a very important day for my family and it broke my heart to be on the other side of the planet away from those I love the most. Every year on the day that our family, our whole family, became official a certain ritual takes place. For five years our family has celebrated my youngest siblings being grafted into our family. Due to the blood, sweat, and tears of many people, their adoption took place. Our family of five became a family of nine and I cannot express the profound thankfulness that I feel to be a part of my family.
I can’t imagine (nor do I want to) what it would be like if I didn’t have any member of my family with me in my heart today. It has been a hard road, and no doubt there will be plenty more bumps along the way, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Because of the love and dedication of my parents, and those blessed few who have walked alongside them from the very beginning, my siblings are growing up healthy, happy, and with opportunities and support they would not have received otherwise.
It is in part because of them that I am inspired to continue my studies, to connect and invest in other people’s lives, and I pray, one day to adopt. I am so thankful for all of them and while I could not be with them on the annual celebratory trip to the beach my heart, thoughts, and prayers are with them every day.
I cannot think of a better way to honour the love, time, and effort that my family has given to one another than to pray for another child (or in this case, three) to be given the chance of a family.
A particular trait is shared by Duncan, Bradlee, and MaryKate. I chose to pray for them specifically because of their shared medical condition. When I first entered university I began in the sciences because I had a desire to be a pediatric hematologist. I was, and if I’m honest, still am, interested in blood, but I started on this path because I was interested in thalassemia. I wanted to be a part of helping kids with this condition to be given the best opportunities to have a bright future.
While my path may not have lead to a medical degree, one thing I can do is pray for these kids. It is my hope that you will join me and that they will soon be home with families who not only provide a loving, safe, nurturing environment but are also able to provide the medical care that they so desperately need.
Thank you for the family that you have blessed me with. Thank you for showing your steadfast love, care, and patience towards us while we stumble through life, learning how to love as you have loved us first.
I pray that as we continue to grow as individuals and as a family you will continue to point us towards each other and that through our relationships we can demonstrate and show who you are to those around us.
I thank you that we could and can live out within our lives the story of adoption. Through your love and compassion, you have welcomed us into your family, the family of believers. We can, because of Christ, stand before you with joy and call you ‘Father’. You welcome us into your arms. I thank you for what you have done, for what you continue to do, and for what you will do. I pray that by living out the reality of adoption we can be a mirror of our adoption into your family.
Lord, I pray for kids like Duncan, Bradlee, and MaryKate.
I pray that they will be seen. I pray that they will experience the love and support of a family. May they get the medical attention that they need so that they can live out their lives as you have designed them to.
You call all of us to live in community with one another in love. I pray for the strength and support for those who care for them now and for the family and friends that will walk alongside them in the days to come.
May you be glorified.
May we rejoice at your great work.
In your name I pray,
Duncan, Bradlee, and MaryKate all have Beta Thalassemia Major and have profiles on Reece’s Rainbow: