Today, Orphan Sunday, I join many others in remembering + praying for so many children who are parentless.
I’m so thankful.
So thankful for all who dedicate time and service to forgotten ones via foster care, missions, acts of love, + so much more.
So thankful for the children who will never again carry the label orphan because of adoption.
So thankful that God is writing an amazing story through the life of our son, who doesn’t have our physical features but so surely has captured our hearts.
So thankful that through loss, there can be redemption. Thankful that there is beauty in the ashes. That a parentless child can join a family — forever.
So thankful that when the world says it’s impossible, God says it can be better than you can fathom.
Today, be encouraged that there is hope in a dark world.
Be encouraged that though the orphan statistics are deep + wide, even the life of one, down the street or across the globe, is worth more than many sparrows.
If you consider yourself devoted to Jesus, be encouraged that God can and will use you to be the hands + feet to the orphan…when you say yes. No matter who you are, no matter where you are, what your income level is or where your theology or political ideology places you, God is waiting for you to enter into the suffering + redemption of lives, which includes orphan care. He is calling you.
Can you hear it?
I pray for you as you open yourselves up to an amazing, supernatural narrative — that God’s great love for the orphan will echo in your lives as well.
- God is vested, deeply and personally, in the plight of the orphan (i.e. Dt 10:18; Ps 68:5-6).
- He calls His people to join Him in this, bringing to each parentless child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed (Is 1:17; James 1:27; Mt. 10:42; Mt. 25:40).
- Most importantly, the Gospel itself is the story of God’s rescue and adoption of us. On Orphan Sunday, the Church is reminded of this beautiful truth and urged to act upon it.
Maybe circumstances are not leading you to adoption, but if you hear those whispers, those soft indications and inklings that there is something more, please be encouraged and know that I would love to talk with you + join you in your journey.
Because I know from experience, God uses those who the world says, ‘Really? Them? But How?’’.
I know because I’ve tasted it.
May your surrender to his Kingdom result in the sweetest story worth living.
I know it will.