Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Plan A

I opened my mail yesterday and had a package about orphans in Africa (I didn't send for it). In big bold letters it had this scripture:

"God sets the lonely in families!" Psalm 68:6

Think about that for a minute. Adoption is God's plan A not plan B. God provided families to place the lonely in. Has God ever placed adoption on your heart but you just blew it off because it was not the "normal" way to build a family? Maybe it is scary because of the unknowns or the cost involved? Could you ever love an adopted child the same as your biological children? ( by the way the answer to the last question is yes, yes, oh yes)

Maybe it's time you take a leap of faith? Maybe it's time to let God bless your socks off with one of those lonely children? Maybe it's time Christian's step up to the plate and take care of the lonely in the world. What if it was Jesus sitting in that orphanage or sitting alone on a street crying? If we were made in God's image then it is him sitting in that orphanage or sitting alone on the street. Not everyone is called to adopt but everyone is called to care for orphans and widows. If you have ever considered adoption though then you should be praying about whether you are to provide a family for a lonely orphan. I know I'm being bold here but if you read the scripture God is very bold about it.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.



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