Today, all over America (and all over the world), babies were born. Christmas babies. Many of these sweet Christmas children were born into wonderful situations wherein, they were the best gift that their parents could possibly receive. But for a few, a mother finds herself in an uncertain situation tonight. She is in a hospital, holding a child that she dearly loves, but does not know how to support. She may not even know how to take care of herself.
Somewhere, tonight, a baby is sleeping sweetly in an incubator not knowing that the world is more complex than it needs to be. This little boy or girl was born into a complicated situation. His or her parents are not prepared to be parents for one of many reasons. This child needs a home. This child needs a forever family.
I seriously doubt that the child Jennifer and I are praying for was born today, on Christmas. Truthfully, we are just not far enough along in our process for this to be possible. But the fact remains that today, babies who need forever families were born. Birth mothers and fathers who need the comfort of knowing that their child will be well loved and taken care of are sitting in a hospital room right now, wondering what happens next.
This is not just true of Christmas. This is the story of every day. Support adoption. If you feel led, support our adoption. But by all means, support adoption. Pray for the children, birth parents, and adoptive families. Contribute to local and national programs that provide the many support services that are needed in order for adoption to be successful. Volunteer your time. Give you money. Adopt.
For tonight, I will add a forth word to our tag line: Eat… Pray… Adopt… Support.
Each night, Jennifer or I pray with Hayes. We say “Thank you God for…” each of our family members, and usually a few extra items. Tonight we will say “Thank you God for Christmas babies.” Won’t you pray this prayer with us tonight?
Tonight, Merry Christmas to you, your loved ones, and to all the Christmas babies.