Will you raise my son? An Adoption Story

This Christ­mas, con­sid­er that Jesus was adopt­ed.

Hel­lo mys­ti­cal friends! This is Broth­er Thomas from the Sev­enth Ray. We who watch you on this side of the veil rejoice as we see the hearts and minds of so many of humankind turn to the Christ Con­scious­ness each Christ­mas sea­son. Our lov­ing Source of all that is cre­ates many paths lead­ing to free­dom from Boot Camp Earth. How­ev­er, if those who fol­low the Christ were to actu­al­ly allow His mes­sage to lead them to His greater inner mys­ti­cal truths, the entire earth would soon fill with the glo­ry of Christ Con­scious­ness – quick­ly end­ing this painful sim­u­la­tion! Today’s les­son is a great exam­ple of how we guides work hand-in-hand with our earth­ly chan­nels. We take cur­rent events from our channel’s lives and use them to teach a high­er prin­ci­ple. We hope you enjoy this third install­ment of Christ­mas mes­sages.

I like to think of Mary and Joseph as adop­tive par­ents. Jesus, although born of woman, wasn’t born in the usu­al way. Like adop­tion, there was a very spe­cif­ic par­ent selec­tion process going on here. And like adop­tion, the par­ents knew ahead of time that a child would be com­ing their way.

Accord­ing to the Adop­tion Net­work Law Cen­ter, there are about sev­en mil­lion of us adopt­ed folk in Amer­i­ca. Present sta­tis­tics indi­cate that some 635,000 chil­dren are in some form of the fos­ter care sys­tem in the Unit­ed States. About 135,000 chil­dren are adopt­ed each year. Of these, half of them will be over six years of age. So, hats off to every­one who helps these pre­cious kids.

At about age two, for what­ev­er rea­sons, I don’t know, my birth par­ents deter­mined that they could no longer raise my sis­ter and me. We both became wards of the state and were placed into fos­ter care for about a year. And now, his­to­ry is repeat­ing itself. My son and his beau­ti­ful wife are adopt­ing a child in just a few days from now.

Things are a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent in the world of adop­tion than before. When I was adopt­ed, the courts sealed the records. My birth cer­tifi­cate was altered to reflect my new adop­tive par­ents as the birth par­ents — as though I had been born to them. That’s how they did things back then.  It would be a long time before the laws would change and I would be able to know any­thing about my birth par­ents and fam­i­ly. Even now, this is a bit tricky and sketchy to me. I have very lit­tle infor­ma­tion about my birth fam­i­ly and no baby pic­tures. I do know that my orig­i­nal last name was Adams.

Today, in about 60 – 70% of all cas­es, we prac­tice what is known as Open Adop­tion. That is, the birth par­ents get to know who the adop­tive par­ents of their child will be. Some­times they even get to choose the par­ents for their child. This new process isn’t per­fect — but I think it’s a lot more humane. It answers a pro­found and pri­mal ques­tion that all who must give up their chil­dren must ask. “Who will raise my child?” And once we iden­ti­fy peo­ple, such as my son and daugh­ter-in-law, the birth moth­er will then ask, “Will you raise my son or daugh­ter?” My son and his wife are suc­cess­ful by any stan­dards our soci­ety might use. Yet, they humbly met with the young moth­er, await­ing her ques­tion, “Will you raise my daugh­ter?” What a ques­tion.

This ques­tion is not new; it has been asked through­out the ages. I think we all know the sto­ry of baby Moses. The Pharaoh ordered the slaugh­ter of all non-Egypt­ian baby boys. Moses’ moth­er takes a huge gam­ble and places her new­born son in a bas­ket made of reeds and floats him con­ve­nient­ly down the riv­er where the King’s daugh­ter is bathing. Moses moth­er was essen­tial­ly ask­ing, “Will you raise my son?” Aren’t we lucky that she did? Moses was raised along­side the Princes of Egypt!

But now, let us think about Mary, the moth­er of Jesus. She was a young girl who was prob­a­bly about 14 – 16 years of age — accord­ing to what we know about life in those times. The Angel of the Lord appears to her–accord­ing to the bible.

There is so much that is not in this text. The new tes­ta­ment writ­ers said that the world could not con­tain all of the books that could be writ­ten about what Jesus said and did — and the same is true about Mary and the con­ver­sa­tion with the angel. We have only a thumb­nail sketch of what actu­al­ly hap­pened here. I think her con­ver­sa­tion was much more involved than what Bib­li­cal text pro­vides.

When I was grow­ing up, I did not think so high­ly of my birth par­ents. “How could they do this to me,” I won­dered? Peo­ple would ask, don’t you want to know who your real par­ents are? And, quite hon­est­ly, I’d say, “No, I don’t! If they didn’t love me enough to keep me, why should I care?”

I don’t think it was exact­ly the same for Jesus. Did Mary and Joseph tell him about his birth sto­ry? Did they tell him about his father? Did he won­der what his father was like?  Was Jesus as grate­ful to Mary and Joseph for host­ing him upon the earth as I feel towards my par­ents?

But now I know a more pro­found truth. Some­times, it takes love — deep love, and humil­i­ty, to ask some­one else to raise your son. And this is what makes the Christ­mas sto­ry so unique to me. The moth­er that gave my sis­ter and me up for adop­tion demon­strat­ed great love. I couldn’t under­stand that when I was younger — but I do now. She gave me a chance to have a life.

I think that Jesus prob­a­bly knew that from the“git-go.” He knew of the father’s love for us. Source sends humankind the God-man. This is the very def­i­n­i­tion of love – and even more so because of God’s unique fore­knowl­edge that humankind would reject Him. Still, he comes to earth!

Even though the bib­li­cal text doesn’t plain­ly say this, I believe that Mary had a choice about whether, or not, she would be the moth­er of Jesus. God did not force this on her. This was no #metoo moment between Mary and the Divine as many athe­ists loud­ly pro­claim in this day and age. (As an aside, it is just as wrong for athe­ists to read the bible lit­er­al­ly as it is for Chris­tians!) I think I’m right because God always allows respects free will and free choice — even if it ends in rejec­tion, as it would lat­er on for Jesus phys­i­cal being. Yes, I believe, with all of my heart, that Mary could have said no to the angel. God always allows us to say no and go our own way.

You may say, but it was God ask­ing! Big pow­er dif­fer­ence! True enough. But look around you, peo­ple say no to God all the time. In fact, I con­tend that peo­ple say no to God more than they say yes. This year we have seen the skin and bones pic­tures of a lit­tle girl in Yemen dying of mal­nu­tri­tion — all because of a siege war where the mil­i­tary uses a lack of food as a weapon against their ene­mies. This week in our own coun­try, a lit­tle sev­en-year-old child has died of dehy­dra­tion and lack of med­ical atten­tion while in gov­ern­ment pro­tec­tion – because her fam­i­ly did not respect “our bor­ders” and laws. Peo­ple say no to God all the time. They do not always lis­ten to the high­er angels.

No, this moment between Mary and the Divine was a beau­ti­ful and sacred adop­tive moment. And whether you believe it or not, the Divine Cre­ator of all that is and ever will be, humbly, and fig­u­ra­tive­ly on bend­ed knee, asked Mary, a mor­tal woman, “Will you help me raise my son?”

And Mary said, ‘I am the Lord’s ser­vant, may it be to me as you have said.’

Attri­bu­tions

Adop­tions pic­ture used by per­mis­sion of Cre­ative Com­mons

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