Okay, so I had never thought that this happened outside of my congregation before. I don’t know, I guess I don’t think outside of my own little, comfortable box sometimes.
The brother who gave the talk at our hall today brought out a point. He said (and this is not a direct quote, but I’m going to tell you all as best I can from memory) “We all have our own little kids that we’ve ‘adopted’ in the congregation. My own kids in my congregation have quite a few 'adopted’ moms and dad, aunts and uncles. So whether we have our own children and are speaking with them, or we’re speaking with our adopted nieces or nephews, or adopted sons and daughters, or our adopted grandsons and granddaughters, make sure we make this point clear to them.”
And then he had us open to Psalm 19:7. Which says: “The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring strength.The reminder of Jehovah is trustworthy, making the inexperienced one wise.” Counsel that we would do well to impart to any young one that we are taking under our wing. Always, always always look to Jehovah and his Word for advice and counsel.
But back to my point, I had no idea that this “spiritual adoption” was something that occurred outside of my own little network of friends. I’m curious… has anyone else experienced this spiritual adoption? Finding mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers in the truth? I suppose I thought this was a phenomena in my area only, of friends really taking to heart what Jesus was recorded as saying at Matthew 19:29. But it only makes sense that others, throughout Jehovah’s organization, would do the same.