COMPETING FOR A FAMILY

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“You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.”
Exodus 22:22-24


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Sounds strange. Why should anyone have to compete to be loved?

But in America and around the world, orphaned children have to compete with each other to get adopted into a loving family. Can you imagine, from the age of newborn until 21, waiting, praying, hoping that someone will scroll through their picture and pick them from a line up of children?

I met a young 20-year-old in a foster home care facility a few weeks ago, who actually told me she was excited to be going to college and being adopted before she turned 21 and was no longer eligible. At 20 years old, she was still waiting to be loved, to belong to a family.

I had a dream where a little boy had his hand up so high, waiting to be noticed by a father who was playing with his own son. The little boy was an orphan, and he thought if he stood on his tippy toes, with his hand up as high as he could, maybe that father would play with him as well. Only to be ignored. That dream changed my life.

“You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.”
Exodus 22:22-23

A few weeks ago, I went to New York to be with some sisters there. We set up food, music, and outdoor activities, and shared life truths with young teen boys and girls at the foster facility.

One thing I noticed so clearly: We all need to be loved. We all need to know we belong to someone.

“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation.”
Psalm 68:5

“When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me.”
Psalm 27:1

When the WORD of the LORD tells us to be HOLY as our FATHER in Heaven is HOLY (1 Peter 1:13-16), it means making holy choices. Love what GOD loves and hate what HE hates. YAHWEH, the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, intended for us to love one another just as HE has loved us.

What better way for us to emulate our FATHER, than to open our hearts and actively love the orphan? After all, we ourselves were orphans, separated from GOD, until HE reached down through JESUS CHRIST and restored us back to HIMSELF. To prove HIS never ending love, HE gave us HIS SPIRIT to be with us while on earth, and a home to live with HIM forever in Heaven (John 14).

Be intentional. Go out of your way to find and love orphans and the fatherless.

Prayer:

1.   Ask the LORD for forgiveness for where you have neglected the plight of the orphan or the widow, for when you just thought that the system will take care of them, and that there is no need to get involved.

2.   Command every spirit of apathy to the needs of others to leave you forever and never return, in JESUS’ Name.

3.   Request the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD to teach you to love people, even when you do not know their story.

Action:

1.   Connect with social services, churches, schools and anyone in your community who may know. Ask how you may help the orphans and widows in your community.

2.  Consider becoming a family to an orphan and providing them with the love, the home, and the sense of belonging they so desperately need.

3.   Volunteer to share CHRIST with those who need HIM now. This is one way we can get involved and become the solution JESUS expects us to be. Reaching out to those who need our love can look like this:



*All Scripture is from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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