Reflections on Fathering an Adopted Son

June 14, 2013 at 8:05 am 1 comment


I recently had the privilege of sharing part of our adoption story at The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood website. My post was focused on “Fathering an Adopted Son”. Here is the conclusion:

I count our adoption as a great privilege and stewardship granted by God. When we celebrate birthdays, watch movies as a family, and wrestle like superheroes I am reminded of the beauty of adoption that brought us together as a family. This child who was once an orphan now loves me and calls me daddy. When I look at him I don’t see our differences, I see my son. The first time I held him as a baby in the agency house on a hillside in Africa, I fell in love with him. As we stood in front of the judge in Addis Ababa and she pronounced that we were his parents, I felt the weight of the profound task of fatherhood.  Though I am not a perfect father, here are two things I do know: God providentially arranged for Solomon to be in our family, and I am called to continue the Christian heritage passed unto me by my own father – both in gospel word, and kingdom deed.

Through our adoption I have learned many things about fatherhood, and more importantly, many things about the gospel. My prayer is that our story would encourage all who read it.

Entry filed under: Adoption, Christian Theology, Christianity, Faith, Gospel, Personal, Religion, The Great Commission Resurgence, The Southern Baptist Convention, Theology.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Nancy B. Furlough  |  June 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Clint and Lauren have kept me updated on your beautiful family.
    God has given you a wonderful gift in your son, and he is so lucky to be a part of your family. I look forward to following you all as he grows.
    Congratulations on your new job!
    Nancy B. Furlough


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