Monday, December 31, 2012

mercy to our fathers

"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us...salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us - to show mercy to our fathers..."  -Luke 1.68-72

"to show mercy to our fathers"

That is striking something in me as I read it again and again the past couple of weeks.  In saving Israel, the Lord showed mercy to their fathers who had turned away from God.  But it also speaks to me about us showing mercy to OUR fathers, and most strongly for me, to our kids' fathers.  To their birthfathers.

As adoptive parents, we usually find it very difficult to forgive our kids' birthparents, don't we?  We pick up the pieces for them.  We see the effects of their choices, their diseases, their addictions.

"to show mercy to our fathers"

But we are able to show mercy to their fathers, we MUST show mercy to their fathers, because the Lord does.  And because the Lord shows mercy to us in our choices, our diseases, our sins.

And the beauty of it, is that we are able then to teach our children to show mercy to their fathers.  We are one day able to help them forgive and let go of the anger, the resentment that may surface.  It's a beautiful healing circle, that God shows mercy to them, so we show mercy to them, so we teach our children to show mercy to that those vicious cycles of anger and hurt and addiction, end with our children.

So we must choose to show mercy toward our kids' birthparents for whatever it is that makes us angry. Let's choose mercy today.

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