In July 2017, God answered a prayer that I’ve carried in my heart for over 40 years–a prayer to one day be reunited with my son who I placed for adoption so many years ago. Adoption was such a difficult decision for me, but being single and in my late teens, circumstances in my life at that time prevented me from being able to keep him. Most adoptions at that time were closed which meant that adoption records were not accessible to birth relatives. The records were only open to the adoptee should they choose to pursue finding birth relatives. Over the years I consistently undated my contact information with the adoption agency should he ever inquire. Two years ago I was notified by our local court that the laws had changed. Through an agent, I was able to begin the search and it did not take long for her to locate my son. I will never forget the overwhelming joy and excitement I felt the day she called me to tell me she had found him!! My first communication was through a letter to introduce myself and to share part of my story about the circumstances surrounding his birth.
Since the first time Fred and I met this summer (there aren’t enough words to describe what it was like to see him the first time!), he and I have both been catching up on each others lives–over 40 years worth!! I was amazed to find out that he grew up within 5 or 6 miles of where I lived growing up. It’s been like putting giant pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together.
As Fred shared his story with me, I was so blessed to hear things that were direct answers to my specific prayers for him over the years.
I prayed that he would be raised in a loving home where his parents practiced their faith. His mom was a Sunday School teacher and he regularly attended church.
I prayed that he would have at least one sibling. He had an older brother who was also adopted.
I prayed that he would grow up and get married and have a family of his own. Fred is happily married. He and his wife have two children.
Now as our families meet and bond together, we are so thankful for the growing circle of love and joy.
In closing, I pray that our story would be an encouragement to any of you who are trusting God to answer prayers that are on your heart. Whatever you may be waiting for, praying for, believing for, “Trust Him in the waiting!” He is faithful!! In faith, we hope for what we still can’t see!