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Abraham is in My Forever Family?!

by Dennae Pierre Published May 26, 2011

If you have adopted children then you are very familiar with the phrase “forever family.” It is often what is used to explain to children who are being adopted the difference between their new family (which is permanent) and their old biological family or foster family (which had no assurance of permanency). This helps children begin to attach to their families, trusting that this is a forever, permanent thing.

We used the phrase early on when we became adoptive parents. It was  helpful for our kids to have an understanding that we would be their parents no matter what. We did so many different things to teach, explain, and prove this to them. But as they began to understand this we stopped using the phrase to describe our immediate family unit. Instead we switched to using it to describe our true, forever family…our church community.

I loved making this shift with my children because the point of their adoption was so much more then being brought into a physical family where they would get their physical needs met. The point of their earthly adoption (along with the point of our biological child’s birth) was to point them toward an eternal adoption. Our prayer from the beginning of our marriage was that our children, adopted and biological, would be adopted sons and daughters of God Almighty.

So the phrase “forever family” does have special meaning to my children, but not in the same way that it does to all adoptive children. When my oldest (9 years) talks about our youngest (15 months) deciding to follow Jesus he says, “Mommy, I’m praying that Judah will believe in Jesus, because I really want him to be a part of our forever family.” Or I will sometimes hear our 6 year old pretend to do “school” with her baby brother and when she gets to bible class she will say something like, “And if you believe in Jesus, then you will get to be Jesus’ brother too! And we will get to be family forever.”

When I pile the kids into the car to take a meal to someone at our church, I explain it is because we need to care for our “forever family” the way God has called us to. When we pray for a child who we have never met in a different state or country that is facing illness or persecution, we explain that we have “forever family” we will meet one day in heaven.

Today, we were doing our devotions with the kids about God’s promise to bless the nations through Abraham. As we read from Galatians and talked about what it means to be neither Greek nor Jew, male or female, Marcel began to put the pieces together in his head and interjected, “WOW! Wait, So ABRAHAM is in our forever family too?” So Abraham is my brother!! The next several minutes were full of Marcel’s imagination running wild as he thought about that meaning that Peter, James, John, and Paul are all his brothers too and that they’d be in his family for all eternity. “Wow” Marcel said, “Heaven is going to be great!”

The excitement Marcel felt as he understood an added layer to his forever family is the excitement that should fill all of our hearts when we think about walking with, serving, and caring for our church family.  A beautiful implication of the gospel is the fact that our church family is our forever family! Our churches are full of our brothers and sisters who were redeemed by the blood of our elder brother, Jesus Christ.  They are forgiven by our heavenly Father. There are so many wonderful implications of this truth for how we live out our lives within our church community.

  • http://www.jamogck.wordpress.com Jordan Mogck

    “I will sometimes hear our 6 year old pretend to do “school” with her baby brother and when she gets to bible class she will say something like, “And if you believe in Jesus, then you will get to be Jesus’ brother too! And we will get to be family forever.”

    I loved reading that. You know they get it when they begin ‘playing’ it!


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