>A Reminder for My Birth Mom

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My precious and beautiful daughter Janelle wrote this a while ago for her birth mom…In case you are not aware, Janelle’s birth mom was a girl we met at a camp in Wisconsin; who a few months later got pregnant at the age of 13. She had heard me preach some narrow-minded things about abortion, contacted us; through prayer and His direction, we adopted Janelle at birth (and, several years later, another young woman connected with us with a similar story and we adopted Jacob…Josiah (24) and Joel (22) are our children the old-fashioned way!)

Here is what Janelle wrote:

A Reminder for My Birth-Mom
by Janelle E. Hager

When you’re depressed; I’m the One to turn to…

When you’re angry, I’m there for you…

When you’re hurt, My shoulders are there for you to cry on…

When you have a secret, My ear is there for you to whisper in…

When you’re going through a hard time, I’m here to hold your hand…

I was there when you asked Me into your heart…

I was there when your mom left…and then came back…

I was there when you got pressure into doing things you know you shouldn’t…

I was there when you told your parents the news…

I was right there next to you for those long nine months…

I was right there when you told your parents about adoption…

I was there when you chose the family…

I was there through the pain…

I was there when you met with the family…

I was there when you and the family chose a name…

I was there holding your hand in the hospital…

I was there when you first laid eyes on the baby…

I was there through the tears…

I was there when you handed the baby over to the family and said, “Here’s Janelle”…

I was there when the papers were signed…

I was there when the family gave you a hug and said, “Thank you, Davida”…

Love,

God…Your Father (by adoption)

Author: Jack Hager

Jesus invaded my life shortly after my arrest at age 26. I spent the first few years of my new life incarcerated. Went to Bible school after parole; have served with Kansas City Youth For Christ, Headwaters Christian Youth (Rhinelander, Wi), Family Life Ministries (Bath, NY), and now with Midland Ministries (Saint Joseph, Mo). Married with four children, work with youth, adults, inmates. Heavily involved in Bible quizzing for four decades. Narrow minded about Jesus and the gospel; fairly open minded about most other things. Speak in churches, camps (both teen and family), civic groups, public schools, Christian schools and colleges...amazed I get to do what I get to do....favorite verse Romans 15.13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may overflow with hope."

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