Tuesday, November 26, 2013

import

I mentioned yesterday that I would try to explain the notion of the word "IMPORT" in the title of our adoption dinner. 


(PS -- Here's additional info for our dinner if you need it!)

Here we go. Hang with me as I unpack it. 

Obviously, the idea of purchasing a child does not sound appealing. It sounds ugly, and wrong, and demeaning. And that's not really what we are doing...but it kind of IS. We are paying international fees, medical fees, visa fees, investigation fees (to make sure Sweet C is truly an orphan in need of a family), home study fees (to make sure we are fit parents), and a whole spectrum of other fees. We are paying quite a price (and really, we are getting a lot of help from YOU to pay that price). So, really, we are paying a LOT of money to IMPORT a child to our home. 

But there's this:

19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

BACK. IT. UP. Does that say we were BOUGHT

YEP. We were bought with a price. What was that price? BLOOD. LIFE. CHRIST. We were not just God's afterthought, "Oh, I guess I'll add these kids to my kingdom." No, we were BOUGHT, and we were expensive. Because of the price Christ paid, we were imported into his kingdom, given a new life, given a future. 

And isn't this what we are hoping to do for C? Yep. Of course. 

Obviously, we would never refer to adoption as purchasing children, because that doesn't incorporate the fullness of the gift of adoption. However, we are paying a price for a valuable import into our family. And we think it's worth it. 


import {from Latin importāre to carry in, from im- + portāre to carry}