Yesterday was Orphan Sunday. I was going to write about it last week, but I didn’t. When I see the faces of the children, learn their names, and hear their stories, every string in my heart is pulled.
Tears fall and my heart throbs, but I don’t know what to say.
So I avoided writing about it. I didn’t admit to that being the reason. “Not having the time” became my excuse, but really, that’s just worse.
I thought I’d see “Orphan Sunday” pop up all over twitter. People talking about it, praying, acting.
I was surprised when I only saw a handful of tweets.
I write a lot about the lessons God is teaching me. Being a mom of young kids, often times those lessons are learned through my children. Sometimes it’s by seeing something through their eyes or learning the lesson I’m trying to teach them. But usually, I learn the biggest lessons through my own failures or shortcomings: my impatience, anger, selfishness, or pride.
I wonder sometimes if I sound negative about motherhood. I hope that is not what you hear.
I love being a mom. I love it.
I delight in my children!
Together we discover and learn and plan and dream. We laugh and giggle, cry and snuggle. We have fun together!
I learn from my children and enjoy being with them. They bring me so much joy, and I praise God many, many, many times over every. single. day for the incredible privelege of being my kids’ Mom.
I am so. incredibly. grateful.
My love for my children runs so deep, and there are times that I wonder what would happen to them, if something were to happen to my husband and me.
Who would care for my children? What would life be like for them? Would they know the deep, deep love of a mommy and a daddy?
So when I see the faces of orphans and kids who need a loving home — when I see these beautiful children — my heart breaks. And I wonder, what if those were my children? Who would care for them?
Yesterday was Orphan Sunday, but God calls us to care for orphans every day.
I know it feels big. Sometimes the need seems insurmountable. But we serve a God who can do more than we could ask or even imagine, and He has called us to do something.
Will you watch this video? It will only take 4 minutes of your time. Watch this video and just ask God what He’s asking you to do. Where can you get involved?
It might not be adoption or foster care, but maybe it’s sponsoring a Compassion child or sending a shoebox gift through Operation Christmas child. Prayer, giving, supporting, encouraging — we can do something!
For more ideas, check out Hope for Orphans “10 Ways Every Christian Can Care for the Orphan and Waiting Child.”
Will you pray about how you can be a part?
Father, I thank you that You adopted me. Thank you that you care for orphans. Speak to each one of us this week, I pray. May we not just feel something. In Jesus’ name, may we do something. Show each one of us what that something is.