Megan Keplinger | 2020 February/March Shepherd's Voice
“Are we there, yet? When will we get there?” our older son, Bergen, asked excitedly as we drove to a hospital three hours away.
Bergen waited eight and a half years for a baby brother or sister. Now the day had arrived! It was nearly time to welcome our soon-to-be-born baby boy into our family. Bergen chose his baby brother’s name, Zebulon, long before this day.
Welcoming a new sibling into the family is exciting for most everyone, both young and old. Just like other families, we prepared for Zeb’s birth for a long time. When Zeb was born Bergen was so happy: his baby brother looked just like him! For Bergen, this created an instant connection and appreciation.
After Zeb was born, people noticed our boys’ dark skin compared to our lighter skin. Although this difference in appearance was noticeable, we focused and continue to focus on how blessed we are to be their parents, instead of on the physical differences between us. It doesn’t matter what our children look like. We feel grateful to God for giving us two beautiful children.
The Bible teaches that God does not judge us on how we look on the outside, but He looks in our hearts. “For the Lord sees not as man sees; for many look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). As believers we can focus on how we are alike. For example, we share the same goal of heaven.
God’s Word also reminds us how to treat others. Jesus says, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). As God’s creation, people are equal and, at the same time, different and unique. Showing love, kindness and respect to others is what God’s Word teaches us to do.
God has blessed our family with two children through adoption. Bergen and Zebulon are biological brothers and share a special bond despite their age difference. In addition, God has blessed our boys with an older sister, Analise, whom we love dearly.
Although Analise and our boys live many miles apart, God has provided opportunities for our families to visit each other each year and even vacation together!
It’s important to remember God creates families in many different ways and we should show love toward one another regardless of differences. God’s ways are perfect. We thank Him for His great blessings.
Things to visit about:
1.How does God’s Word teach us to treat each other and all people?
2.What kind of family do you have? What blessings has God given to you and your family?
3.What is each believer’s greatest blessing?