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Adoption, Inheritance, and God

For the second time in four years we gather together in the presence of God and these witnesses to receive a young baby into the Lord" (Psa. 127:3). Consequently they are divine blessings that involve spiritual obligations.

In this ceremony we do not receive a biological child of the parents, but we place this child into this family by an act of adoptive love. Both means of receiving an "heritage of the Lord" are God-blessed and equally strong.