I officiated a wedding a few weeks back and I still think about it pretty often. The bride was bringing a daughter from a previous relationship into the marriage – a joyous young lady with a beautiful smile – and it was clear that the groom would be officially stepping not only into the role of husband but father as well. He contacted me about a week before the ceremony and stated that he wanted to do something special, something extra, for his new daughter at the wedding. We crafted an extra set of vows that he would recite to his new daughter following his vows to his new wife. The only people not crying were the people who weren’t there.
It got me to thinking about the act of adoption. Isn’t that what God does for us? Where relationship was once broken and we suffered as orphans, God has extended His vows to us – his commitment in love – through the act of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and as it states in Galatians, we become Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (Galations 3:29).
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)