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Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
I watched a documentary a few weeks ago covering a momentous chapter of one girl’s life in her search (and discovery) of her birth parents.
And it’s been stuck in my head ever since.
There are indubitably an unending number of these types of stories — whether the result is successful or a dead end — but the film Closure gives the world a visual. A powerful example of the affects of adoption. It gives a face to a story many of us only hear about from a distance — that of an adoptee on the hunt for his or her birth parents.
A Must-Watch Film for Those Interested in Adoption or Fostering
Angela Tucker had a beautiful life, raised by a phenomenal couple I fell in love with throughout the story. But, after 25 years, she couldn’t hide the yearning any longer — to start the search. Even her husband initially couldn’t fully comprehend how strong her desire was to find her birth parents. But he, her parents and her siblings appeared to come behind her and help her in any way they could.
I loved how honest her mom was in admitting how nervous she was at first. The emotions, the worry of being replaced or perhaps the empathetic pain she would feel if her daughter was disappointed with the search. But she magnanimously overcame that and gained confidence that her status as “Mom” would never change. In fact, she became just as curious as Angela to find her birth mother and her whole story.
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know of my passion for orphans, adoption, foster care, etc. As we’ve lived overseas for most of our marriage and are now back in a somewhat settled situation, my husband and I have been praying nightly for how God wants us to obey this biblical command.
Does He want us to adopt? Does He want us to have more biological children? Are there fostering families we could support? Should we foster? What does our family planning look like if God had His way?
I challenge you to ask the same questions, if you haven’t already. If some of them already have answers, what are they for you? Do you mind sharing with me?
Definitely check out this film if you have the chance. One of my favorite parts is when she reconnected with the foster family that cared for her for her first year of life, giving her physical therapy for hours each day. So much love exuded from that couple and they are an example to us all. Closure is currently on Netflix and other sites, but here are other places you can follow the story of this adoptee, Angela Tucker:
Please let me know if you’ve watched it and what you thought!