Standing in the large church foyer I hear the words “Hey Mamaw”, coming from my newly adopted grandson as he comes running for a hug! My heart melts to know that just one day before, he was adopted into our family. This had been in the making for about a year. I got to experience this great love firsthand when I heard the judge called him by his new last name and watched his little 5-year-old face lite up as he hugged my son, his new dad, and said “I’m adopted”!

After signing documents, making pics, giving hugs and kisses, with family and friends, my new little grandson leaves the courthouse along with his newly adopted 1 year old sister, and their “parents”. Outside awaits a white limo with a driver to escort them to the celebration location. As they take their seats I noticed out of the corner of my eye, that just as the limo driver goes to close my grandson’s door, he holds out his hand against the door to let the driver know “I’m a Dolan” his newly adopted name.

This moment has kept me in awe for over a week now to have witnessed and to be a part of one of the deepest loves I have ever experienced.
Ephesians 1:5 declares the Greatest Love of all from eternity past. “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”
If you are a believer, you too have been adopted. It does not matter how long you have been a believer, for this was decided before the foundation of the world, even while we were still sinners. Our Heavenly Father with the deepest love of all time wanted to do this by bringing us unto Himself by the precious blood of His dear Son and it gave Him great pleasure. The blood of Jesus made us heirs with God and co-heirs with Himself. Now that is a love that truly melts the sinful heart.
May we take some time to pause remembering, that the document has been signed in blood in a book in heaven, and that all of heaven has celebrated with us, and before we rest our eyes in sleep that we reach our hand out before we close our eyes to say “Abba Father (Daddy God)” thank you for sending Jesus so I could be adopted!

By Deann Dolan