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Monday, June 1, 2015

This one

I've been thinking a lot about the injustice and plight of the poor and oppressed, particularly as it relates to orphans and the fatherless.

Why do some children languish in "the system" while others find stable, loving homes?

Why do some families of origin find a way to thrive, using their resources and supports so that their children can remain with them while other children need to be separated from birth family to find stability and to ultimately thrive?

Why do some children have to remain in tough neighborhoods with constant negative influences and few opportunities while, just because of a social worker's decision at birth, a biological relative grows up in a home surrounded by opportunities to mature and develop gifts surrounded by godly influences?

And what is my role in this? What can I do? I know I say "it matters to this one" but there are so many "ones." It isn't fair and I don't have answers.

But I do have a beautiful little 9 year old in my home. She came to us with little hope and an unknown future. She was prayed for every night, "Lord Jesus, I ask that you would help this little girl find a safe home where she can receive you as a little child, where she can serve you her whole life, and where her life will be a blessing to thousands and millions over her lifetime."

God is answering our prayers. She does infect others with her smile and always-moving personality. She brings joy to our home and spreads it to others. She is full of life and gifts and hope.

On this, her 9th birthday, however, I'm reminded of how many children do not have that hope. How many children are waiting for someone to care, someone to battle for them. And my prayer for the next one, and the next one, and the one after that is the same as it was and is for HopeAnne, "Lord Jesus, I ask that you help this child find a safe home where she can receive you and where she can serve you her whole life, and where her life will be a blessing to thousands and millions over her lifetime."

It matters to this one.

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