I sat down to write a song very close to my heart: adoption. It was a daunting task. First of all, I am an adoptive mom with three adopted children. I also have the utmost respect for the strength and love of birthmothers. I decided to write a song from the three different perspectives of the adoption triad: the birthmother, the child, and the adoptive parents. I wrote, sang, played, and produced this recording (with my oldest daughter joining me on the last chorus)… (And let me add that I have much to learn about recording and production.)
Adoption Song (click here) by Sara Marie Allen
Would you like to walk a road that you hadn’t planned on taking?
Smile, even though your heart is breaking?
Be brave even when your knees are shaking?
What are you gonna do?
Love, from a well that never dries?
Have peace, never really knowing why?
And joy at the amazing sight,
The first time you see them.
One thought, to all my Christian friends and anti-abortion advocates: if we are standing up for Life at its conception, then we need to open our hearts and maybe our homes to those children that live, to be willing to stand in the gap, outside our own comfort, and let our hospitality and love for these kids be louder than our words. What can we do to make a difference?
If you want more information about adoption, I would be happy answer your questions. In my state alone, there are 106 cases, many of them sibling groups, of foster children WAITING for a forever family. http://www.adoptuskids.org/states/va/index.aspx
Another nationwide resource for adoption is The Heart Gallery, which has beautiful photos of children and teens available for adoption. http://www.heartgalleryofamerica.org/
Here is a statistical exerpt from their site:
There are nearly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States.
Over 250,000 will never return home.
Over 123,000 need adoptive homes right now.
More than 29,000 aged out of foster care in 2008, at age 18 without anyone, to live on their own, unprepared and unsupported.
We adopted two of our children through Bethany Christian Services. Visit www.bethany.org for more information.