Saturday, August 1, 2009

The movie, Orphan

We leave in 4 days and we have lots to do but THIS IS IMPORTANT!

I regret not blogging about this before today because the movie Orphan is already out in the theatre. Nonetheless, it's never too late to write about how adoption can only bring light into this world, not darkness, as the movie suggests.

You don't have to read too far beyond the caption for the movie Orphan before you see the darkness it portrays. This caption does not even come close to mirroring our adoption experience.

This is how the movie is described: "depraved, worthless piece of filth...a high-gloss horror show about a well-meaning couple who bring home a 9-year-old girl to join their family, only to discover, way too late, that she's a homicidal psychopath."

Warner Bros. new horror movie Orphan proclaims that it must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own. Let me tell you about how an orphan changed my life...

We are less than a week from meeting our 2 year old son from Ethiopia. We began the journey to our son almost 2 years ago. We are not the same people we were when we began this journey. This journey and our son has changed our lives. God has taught us faith, patience and trust. He has gifted us with fearlessness and perseverance. We don't have our beautiful son home yet but we have already been on THE MOST amazing journey of our lives.

Our eyes have been opened to the needs all over the world. Our hearts have been softened to the lonely, the homeless, orphans and widows. Our hearts have longed for and grown to love our son even before we knew him. Now that we know him and we are days from meeting him, our hearts long even more for him.

I took this from Tom Davis' blog:

"The widespread criticism of Orphan is showing up in both the mainstream media (New York Times, New York Times 2) and also in Christian news sources as well. (See Orphans Deserve Better)

The true horror, as pointed out by the Orphans Deserve Better site, is not the Hollywood over-hyped stereotype of an adoption gone homicidially off the rails. There's ample evidence on both sides of the older orphan adoption discussion, and I think all would agree that this movie doesn't help the 150 million children without families.

That's the real horror.

If you want a good horror story about orphans, I've got plenty that will turn your stomach and wrench your heart. Imagine, for a moment, the impact that the film's producers could have had by investing the film's budget in cleaning up some of the real horrors facing orphaned kids today.

Now that's a film I'd pay to see."

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