As some of you may know, this last Sunday was “Orphan Sunday”. To a lot of people this may not mean anything. Today in America we have renamed most of our “orphans” as “foster children” and feel that all of these kids are perfectly happy and well cared for so we shouldn’t be too concerned.
That’s where all of us are wrong.
There are children all over this world that need a home. A family. Someone to love them, to listen, and give them a life they wouldn’t have otherwise. Not only are there many in need in the United States, but there are children all over the world.
Last year I visited a children’s home out-of-state and it changed me from the inside out. I had always felt compassion for these children, but now I feel empathy as well. (For those that are new to Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven, you can see my posts Sharing Christ At Christmas and A Grateful Heart where I share about my visit by clicking on the titles.) I looked right into the eyes of a little girl who just wanted her Grandma for Christmas, no toys, and felt my heart-break. Who doesn’t remember wanting their Grandma/Mom/Dad/Loved one when they were little and crying for them until they were able to have them? I was always my Grandpa’s girl growing up. I thought back to when he passed away when I was 11 and then realized that her pain was even greater, as she lost other family members as well. I can’t say that I’ve ever felt a loss so great, but I can imagine that it is torturous.
This video does not belong to Raising Sticky Hands To Heaven. It is from lifeworshipinternal‘s YouTube channel.
Our hearts should not just be with the children that are without parents on Orphan Sunday. Sure, Orphan Sunday is a great day to raise awareness, but let’s not stop there. Let’s do something more than just thinking of them. Let’s pray, give, help, and raise awareness if we are unable to adopt ourselves EVERY day of the year.
Soon I’ll be sharing an opportunity for us all to help…
Are you part of an adoption family? Have you done any mission trips to orphanages in other countries? Were you once a child in need?
Recently, I have noticed more people who are adopting. I am so glad about this. I know of couples who are not able to have children on their own, but have love and resources in abundance to care for a child and make them their own.
I know of other couples who have children already, but also have the love and resources to provide for other children in their home, therefore, they are adopting older children who need parents.
There are so many children, not only in other countries, but this one, who are looking for their “forever home” or their “forever family”. I am so thankful, that there are people out there who are willing and able to open up their homes and lives and welcome them in.
I know of mothers who have had their children taken away, but will not give up their rights to them for selfish reasons. Some of them get state money and spend it on themselves. They give out their EBT cards for cash, while someone else is taking care of their child AND providing for it or them. Poor children. I could not live with myself if I did not try my best to take care of the precious jewels that God has entrusted me with.
Thank God for those mothers who realize that they want a better life for their child than what they can provide. Those who make the gut-wrenching decision to provide a better way for their child. I can only imagine that it would be the hardest decision to ever be made. To trust someone else with your flesh and blood for the rest of their life. That is a sacrifice.
Children in foster care are in need of homes continuously. Some of them are harder to place. Most of the time, it’s due to behavior issues and their age. Foster children have a hard time trusting others and this slows down the bonding with the foster family. Other foster children do great with the family they are placed with.
I’ve wondered about how most of these children feel, having a heart for children, and I know that for some, depending on their age, it has to be hard. To not fully understand the “whys” and “hows” and wondering “how many more changes are going to come?” For the older ones who are waiting to be adopted out, my heart breaks, because the probability is very slim. Even with the younger ones, the legal issues alone are entirely too much for some people to handle. I do know that their is hope for these children. I just hope that they can get the Word to them, that Abba Father is always there for them. Always!
Romans 8:15 says,
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
Because we have God as our Father in Heaven, we are His by the Spirit if adoption, which means that there are NO ORPHANS of God. HE IS OUR FATHER. I am not bound by fear of bondage, fear of not belonging, fear of not being loved, fear of not being accepted, fear of not being taken care of because I can cry, “ABBA, Father!”
God has each and every child in His hands. From the ones who haven’t been conceived yet, to the ones who have passed on. The ones in the Orphanages and the ones in the Foster Care System. He will take care of them.