Someone forwarded me a link to this discussion by two Australian women about a recent apology by the Australian government for past adoption practices toward unmarried mothers who were forced, illegally, to relinquish their babies without ever having seen them.

It breaks my heart to hear these women talk about their experience and the irreparable harm was done to both mother and baby.

While those of us who were relinquished for adoption bear invisible wounds, let us remember that many of those who gave us life carry deep pain as well.

The blessing of adoption can’t erase the fact that with every adoption there are those who have been wounded by the process and these wounds do not go away. Ever.

I’m thankful that we are throwing open the doors and allowing the light of truth to begin the healing.

I am thankful that the Australian government has admitted to their wrong, and that these cruel practices will never happen again.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.

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