Thursday, November 4, 2010

Change.

"The case of the orphan is a passion that the Lord has placed in our lives and we do what we can to help others take care of the least of these and over the years I have spent time encouraging others to adopt or foster.  The most common excuse I hear from people as a reason not to foster is this:  “I couldn’t do it because it would be too hard to give them back”.   Have you ever thought that?

This is where I realize that through our experience with Luke I can honestly turn to these people and tell them “Yes, if you do your job right and love these children like God wants you to, you will hurt, BUT God does heal.”   James 1:27 does not tell us to “take care of the widows and orphans in their distress … and you will never experience pain”.  We, the body of Christ, are commanded to take care of the widows and orphans.  Period.  No excuses!!  It does not matter if we are called to take care of and love a child for a week, a year or a lifetime.  We need to do it and take the opportunity we have, while they are in our home, to show them the love of Jesus.   Fostering and/or adopting are incredible opportunities to reach the hurting children of this world for Christ.

If we do our job right, and love them, if and when they leave, we will hurt.  But I am so grateful for the gift of grief we experienced, because through that I know that neither I nor you have to live in fear of the pain, but delight in the One who I know will heal."


I recommend that you got to her blog and read the whole post called "The Gift of Grief"-it will change you.

  

4 comments:

Tammy said...

I love this! I've had a post in the works on this very subject.

I can feel the change within me as time goes on. With each child who comes into (and out of) my life, I've found that I have a stronger sense of peace, a more compassionate heart, and a faith that I had always HOPED to have, but never really knew that I could find. Yes, it DOES hurt when they leave, but His promise to heal that hurt has proven true time and time again. And after every healing, I find myself more and more excited and filled with the anticipation of loving another one of these children who so desperately need me for however long I'm blessed to have them in my life. So "How can you do it? How can you love them and survive giving them back?" Because His promise reigns true...

Mamarazzi said...

beautiful...i am on my way to check her out!

FootPrints said...

i agree...and like tammy said it had built my faith to places i couldn't have taken it alone.

mamamargie said...

Very powerful words!