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Adoption is Next to Godliness, Part 3 (Conclusion)

I spent the last two posts talking about adoption because buyers “adopt” the Schaabling Shire Shoppe Amigurumi Pets. I briefly discussed the six instances of adoption in the Bible (Moses, the unnamed woman, Esther, Jesus, Timothy, and Christians). In two (Moses and the unnamed woman), the birthmother instigated the adoption because she had to in order to save the child’s life. In one (Esther), the child was adopted by a close relative because her parents had died. In all five stories except that of Esther, the mother ultimately raised the child with the assistance of the adoptive parent(s). Furthermore, in the book of Isaiah, when God talks about being a Father to the Israelites, He compares himself to a birthmother who forgets her child (Isa. 49:15). All of this gives the impression that no good woman would place her child with an adoptive family if she could help it.

On the other hand, the word God uses to describe His adoption of Christians is huiothesia, which means taking a stranger into your home, calling him/her your child, and imparting to him/her all the rights and responsibilities a child. Granted, the Christian makes the choice to enter into an adoptive relationship with God, but the fact remains that God likens His adoption of Christians to calling an unrelated person your child and giving that adopted child all of a biological child’s rights and responsibilities. Obviously, then, adopting a child is godly.

But what of placing your own child with an adoptive family? Like abortion, this particular topic is not directly addressed by the Bible, and so we must dig deeper into the basic Biblical precepts.

Love. God teaches us that love is the penultimate (Rom. 13:8-10, 1 or. 13:1-3); that we must love so completely that we will give completely of ourselves (John 15:13, Eph. 5:25, Rom. 5:8, John 3:16); and that true love involves action, not just emotion (1John 3:18).

Selflessness. God clearly teaches that we should put others ahead of ourselves (Php. 2:3-4; Gal. 5:14; 1Thess. 5:15; Prov. 17:13).

Love is Selflessness—or, as the Bible puts it (1Cor. 13:5), love “seeketh not her own” (KJV), “is not self-seeking” (NIV), “does not insist on its own way” (RSV).

There are myriad ill effects of single-parenting on children. For example:

“children who grow up with a single parent [either because of divorce or] because they were born out of wedlock are more likely than children living with continuously married parents to experience a variety of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems. Specifically, compared with children who grow up in stable, two-parent families, children born outside marriage reach adulthood with less education, earn less income, have lower occupational status, are more likely to be idle (that is, not employed and not in school), are more likely to have a nonmarital birth (among daughters), have more troubled marriages, experience higher rates of divorce, and report more symptoms of depression.”

Thus, not only is it the ultimate emotional sacrifice for a birthmother to place her child with an adoptive family, it is also, in many cases, the most selfless and loving thing she can do. After this research in Scripture and science, I stand by my firm belief that the birthmother’s sacrifice of placing her child with loving, adoptive parents is the larger, more selfless—and perhaps even more loving—sacrifice than the sacrifice of adoptive parents.

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P.S. Please do not misunderstand me. This is not meant to diminish the incredible work of adoptive parents!

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Adoption is Next to Godliness, Part 2

Last week, I published part 1 of a piece on adoption since the Schaabling Shire Shoppe Amigurumi Pets come with adoption cards and it seemed fitting. I discussed the first two of six Biblical adoption stories, Moses and an unnamed woman. In both situations, the mother offered to place her child with an adoptive mother in order to save his life.

Among three of the other four examples of adoption in Scripture: Esther was genuinely orphaned (i.e., both of her parents died) and adopted by a close family member; Jesus remained with His mother Mary but was adopted by her husband Joseph; and Timothy was raised by his mother and grandmother and adopted by the Apostle Paul as an adult. In other words, the only one not raised by his/her mother—Esther—was adopted only because her mother had died.

Finally, the Apostle Paul tells us that God adopts us. This probably comes as no surprise since most people like to say that we’re all children of God. In fact, this is often used as an argument against Christians. However, what does the Bible say about God’s adoption of us?

“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Romans 8:12-17)

Both Galatians 4:1-7 and Ephesians 1:3-6 also refer to God adopting us as His sons through Christ, using the same Greek word. The Greek word originally used in these passages is huiothesia, which appears only five times in Scripture—all five written by Paul—but which, as determined from other extra-Biblical ancient manuscripts, we know to mean “the accepting of a stranger and establishing him as one’s own son and imposing on him all the rights and obligations of sonship.” (1)

So in other words, when we choose to follow God through Christ, God adopts us through the Holy Spirit. However, this is a choice on the part of the adoptive child, not just on the part of the parent. This is dissimilar to traditional adoption today, in which, generally speaking, the birthmother or the government places the child in a foster or an adoptive home.

Conclusion next week!

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Adoption is Next to Godliness, Part 1

At a loss for what to write next, I asked my mom, who suggested writing on the topic of adoption, since buyers “adopt” the Schaabling Shire Shoppe Amigurumi Pets when they purchase them. In fact, the Pet comes with a miniature Adoption Booklet, as discussed in a previous blog post. It just so happens that adoption is something I feel strongly about, so I decided that was a good idea! However, I began to do some research and just became confused. Allow me to explain, illustrating with six Biblical tales of adoption (Moses, an unnamed woman, Esther, Jesus, Timothy, and Christians).

I’ve always understood adoption to be the ultimate, selfless sacrifice on the part of the birth mother. The adoptive parents certainly make some sacrifices as well; however, I believed then, and still believe now, that it is a much larger, much more selfless sacrifice on the part of the birth mother. In researching adoption, I found this quote:

“Adoption, unfortunately, is seen as the most ‘evil’ of the three options, (abortion, motherhood, adoption)… A woman desperately wants a sense of resolution to her crisis, and in her mind, adoption leaves the situation the most unresolved… This study suggests that in pitting adoption against abortion, adoption will be the hands-down loser.”

This makes sense to me. How many times have we—especially those of us volunteering in pregnancy centers—heard a young woman say she would rather have an abortion than “give up my baby”? This seems so counterintuitive. For example, Moses was adopted by the Egyptian princess only because his birthmother was faced with the threat of his death (Ex. 1:16, 22) and giving him to the Egyptian princess saved his life. Similarly, when two women came to King Solomon with a disagreement over to which woman the living child belonged as opposed to the dead child, and Solomon ordered the child cut in two and one half given to each woman, the natural mother cried out in protest, offering the child to the other woman in order to save his life (I Kings 3:16-28).

So in two of the six Biblical tales of adoption, the birthmother gave her child to an adoptive family only to save his life. Isaiah tells how Israel claimed God had forsaken her, saying, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? [….]” (Isa. 49:15a) It seems impossible, given the previous examples of adoption. However, as God responds, “Yea, they [the mothers] may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” Certain birthmothers forget” or “give up” their children, but God acts as “A Father of the fatherless” (Ps. 68:5) and adopts the forgotten and forsaken (Ps. 27:10).

To be continued…

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Grand Opening!!!

Grand Opening!

Schaabling Shire Shoppe on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SchaablingShireShop)

So if you’ve been following the previous posts, you read the last hint that the Japanese word for these objects is “編みぐるみ,” which is pronounced “amigurumi,” which literally means “crocheted or knitted stuffed toy” and is “the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures.”

Please meet the first three Schaabling Shire Shoppe Amigurumi Pets:

John

John, the Labrador Retriever

Francois

Francois, the French Lop (rabbit)

Munchkin

Munchkin, the Munchkin (kitten)

Amigurumi Pets 2014-03

Each Schaabling Shire Amigurumi Pet comes with a miniature Adoption Booklet, which gives stats on the pet, fun facts on the species, and information on the pet’s breed.

Also COMING SOON are some accessories (e.g., house, bed, food and water dishes, litterbox, etc.) you can buy for your Amigurumi Pet. Each pet can be purchased alone or with his/her accessories. There is no date set for the arrival of the accessorized sets at this time.

FINALLY, as a Grand Opening gift, for the entire month of March, everything in the Schaabling Shire Shoppe is 50% off!! (To redeem, insert coupon code 50MARCH at checkout.)

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