Two Great Articles on Adoption: Les Miserables and Russian Adoptions

The National Review Online and Washington Post Blog this week each carry a great piece on adoption from a Christian perspective.

The former highlights the moving images of adoption displayed in the newly-released blockbuster Les Miserables:  Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman and the Blessing of Adoption.

The latter article is from Hope for Orphans’ President Paul Pennington, titled Hope After Russia’s Adoption Ban.  It laments the way Russia’s recent political decision to ban American adoptions will impact the most vulnerable children, and urges Christians to embrace the Bible’s clarion call to stand for justice.

Standing at the intersection of these two stories—the beauty often seen in the redemption brought by adoption…and the injustice of Russian orphans denied families—I can’t help thinking of words I’ve long loved from the author of Les Miserables, Victor Hugo:

“Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold… brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it: nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds.”