Sunday, November 7, 2010

Orphan Sunday

A father to the fatherless
a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families.
Psalm 68:5-6a

In honor of today being Orphan Sunday and November being National Adoption month, I want to dedicate this post to the orphans around us. In Mashiah Foundation we work with orphans and partial orphans 365 days a year.

Pictured are five precious girls, each with her own unique story.
One comes from an intact family.
Another received an intact family through adoption.
Two have mothers but no fathers.
And one lost mother, father and twin sister to AIDS.

Here are some books on my shelf that I am currently being challenged by:
Adopted for Life~Russell D. Moore
Castaway Kid~RB Mitchell
Fields of the Fatherless~Tom Davis
Reckless Faith~Beth Guckenberger
Small Town, Big Miracle~Bishop W.C. Martin
Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew~Sherrie Eldridge

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...James 1:27a.

Dear Lord, Help us to take your Word seriously as we see the needs of orphans around us. Amen.