Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Adopted? God Has Never Left You! ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Adopted? God Has Never Left You! ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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It came out of the blue just last month - our young teenage daughter collapsed into tears. For the first time in the eight years since her adoption, she mourned the loss of a father she never knew.

Theories abound about how adoptees deal with separation from birth parents. And caring adoptive parents often feel as if they're on a continual search for ways to respond to questions that don't have easy answers.

In the midst of our child's heartache, I wanted much more than a theory or even a well-researched opinion. I yearned for permanent comfort and healing.

I knew that a mere reminder of the love we've showered on our daughter - as true as that might be - wouldn't resolve her deeper concerns: Why is a person who should have been important in her life missing? And what does that very personal disconnect imply about her?

When I don't have answers, especially in a case as agonizing as this one, I feel there's only one way to go - prayer. This isn't so remarkable, since God is by definition the source and intelligence of all creation. And as our Maker, He must supply the needs of every child - whether our kids come to us through birth or adoption.

What both my daughter and I were hungering for was the feeling of being divinely parented - embraced, reassured, supported by our ever- present, all-loving Parent. I thought of a simple prayer, written for little children by Mary Baker Eddy, who founded the Monitor:

Father-Mother God, Loving me,-Guard me when I sleep;Guide my little feet Up to Thee.

And a companion prayer for older children:

Father-Mother good, lovingly Thee I seek,- Patient, meek,In the way Thou hast,-Be it slow or fast, Up to Thee.

Like the Lord's Prayer, these statements show me how God is known to us by His parenting activity. We call God "Father" because we can trust His strong, protecting nature; "Mother" assures us of God's warm, nurturing character. …

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