Ben and Lisel finished raising their son, and with an empty house and still young-at-heart, decided to fill the house. They took in foster children assigned to them by the government, and then about 5 years ago, adopted 3 of these children.
Around the dinner table, they explained a bit about each of the three children who now call Ben and Lisel, Dad and Mom. Each child came from an abusive home, where the concept of love was nothing but twisted cruelty. The three wounded children are now in a loving home, and anyone looking in from the outside would think the family has always belonged together. They are an amazing family!
At one point I turned to the two younger boys. “Do you know how blessed you are? You don’t have a Dad and Mom who had to take you. You have parents who loved you so much – they gave up what they could have had and done to make you their own. They didn’t have to take you. They didn’t have to love you. But they chose you. They loved you and picked you to be their very own.”
I don’t understand how any parent could abuse a child. It might seem fun and harmless to get high or drunk, but drugs and alcohol do terrible things to children. But I am so thankful for people like Ben and Lisel, who selflessly have more than enough love to share.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ … who chose us in Him before the foundation of the world … having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace (Ephesians 1:3, 4, 5, 6).