Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Court Hearing - Please Pray

UPDATE: I want to thank everyone for their prayers today. The judge terminated the birth parent's rights and granted our petition for adoption. Josh is now officially a Phillips!

It has been quite a while since I have penned anything. It certainly is not because I have lost interest in Baptist (or other) issues, but due to such a busy schedule. I will share more about that at a later date. I have been reading the blogs, just not writing. That will probably change as the SBC nears.

I am writing today to ask for your prayers. If you have read my first post here, you know why I chose the name υἱοθεσία (huiothesia - Adopted by God) as the name of my blog. See here and here. For almost two years we have been blessed to have a little boy that was placed with us. We prayed about the situation and agreed to take him in so that he would not be placed in state foster care. This allowed the parents and other immediate family to still be active in his life while the parents worked with CPS. There is much more that I can not share publicly, but that did not happen. We have a great relationship with his great grandparents and other family members, but after much prayer and counsel, we decided to pursue adoption. The trial is finally upon us and we go to court tomorrow. This hearing will determine whether the court terminates the rights of the birth parents and thus allow us to adopt.

Please pray that Christ will be glorified and that God grants the judge wisdom. Please pray for the birth parents. It is our hope that they will know Christ and his mercy. Please also pray for our attorney and the attorney appointed by the court to look after his best interests. Obviously, it is our prayer and hope that the judge allows us to adopt him and make him a legal permanent member of our family. We are excited and anxious. It is with a heavy heart for the parents that we must pursue this, but love for a little boy who needs parents to help him with so many issues that he will face the rest of his life.

Thank you in advance for your prayers. I will post an update tomorrow after the hearing.


Ron P.
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