I ran across this infographic on Facebook recently. It said, “The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” As a parent of an adopted child, this struck a chord with me. When I look at my daughter, I can’t help but say to myself how fortunate I am to be her father. How did God work all this out for me to be called Dad? But, she doesn’t always see it that way. In the book The Primal Wound: Understanding the Adopted Child by Nancy Verrier, she writes, “A child given up for adoption perceives the ‘giving up’ a rejection. This rejection is so searing to some that it is difficult for them to love or trust again.” What do we do as a parent? Do what God does when we reject Him: “ ‘Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful’ ” (Luke 6:36 ESV).
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