Meeting the Birth Mom = Breathtaking Love
To our surprise, yesterday here in Addis Ababa, our little girl’s birth mom was waiting for us at the orphanage when we arrived. We had requested to meet with her, but we were not sure if it would happen. We found out later that she had traveled by motorcycle, bus, and taxi to get there.
We were able to visit with her (through translators) for about 45 minutes. It was unlike any experience I have ever had before. It was both amazing and heartbreaking; fulfilling and humbling. Seeing her and hearing her literally defined love in every way.
The Bible says, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
Genuine love is living for the benefit of the one loved regardless of the cost.
Our daughter’s birth mom allowed her to be adopted for one main reason: she could not care for her adequately and wanted her to have a better and more fulfilling life. She wasn’t sure her daughter would survive if she kept her. So, instead of risking her life and a lifetime of hardship, she loved her enough to give her to another who could care for her better. Even though she was the mom who gave her birth, she knew she could not be the most adequate one to give her a fulfilling life. So she gave her to another because she loved her.
In a word, the birth mom demonstrated the Gospel. She gave so that her daughter could live. That is love.
The Lord gave His Son so that we could live. This is love: that He loved us and sent His Son.
Do you know that love from God the Father? Do you believe it? Really believe it? It’s true. God loved YOU enough to sacrifice His Son so that you might live.
Do you consistently demonstrate that kind of love to others? A mom in Ethiopia does.