Long ago in eternity past, God determined that there would be a beautiful braid made of shining ribbons—a braid woven in the secret places, a braid called “adoption.”
Each ribbon would be a different color. One was the deepest of purples, Another, the richest of greens, and the third, the most vibrant of reds.
Each ribbon had a purpose, each a vital contribution, and each a unique position with the other ribbons.
The green represented the birth family and their deep, often-forgotten contribution to the adoptee’s life. The purple represented the adoptive family, chosen to nurture that God-given gift sacrificially given by the birth family. The red was the adoptee—a unique weaving together of nature and nurture into one marvelous human being, with awesome potential.
The challenge for the adoptee would be to learn how to integrate, or braid the green, purple, and red ribbons. This would be no small task.
However, the more the adoptee knew about both biological and adoptive families, whether positive or painful, the greater the potential for integration and maturity.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16 b)
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