The following devotion was published in the January/February issue of Keys for Kids, and can be found at http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx. It is really fun for me to see my writing in print! This devotion was inspired by a conversation I had with Owen a couple years ago when his friend’s family was in the process of adopting. Since then both Carter and Owen have asked us about adoption on occassion. I don’t know what our future holds, but I love to see it when people welcome orphans into their loving families.
“Casey’s family is weird,” Michael told his mom as they hopped in their minivan to head for school. “Casey’s mom and dad flew all the way to Africa to get him a new sister, and she’s not even a baby. She’s three years old!”
“And you think that’s weird?” his mom asked.
“Well, yeah. They don’t even look like a brother and sister,” Michael replied.
“You and I don’t look so much alike either,” said his sister Zoe.
“No,” agreed Mom. “You have blue eyes, Michael, and Zoe’s eyes are green. You have brown hair while her hair is red. You don’t have big dimples in your cheeks like she does, and she doesn’t have a little dimple in her chin like you do. So . . . do you really think looking alike is an important part of being a family?”
“Well . . . I guess not,” Michael replied, “but . . . why would someone want a kid who belonged to a different mom and dad? And why would a kid want to go live with a family he doesn’t even know?”
“What if we lived in a poor country without clean water or a high standard of living? What if we didn’t have good hospitals and doctors and medicines like we have here, and what if your dad and I got sick and died? That would make you an orphan. Do you think you’d be lonely?” Mom asked.
“Well . . . yeah, but . . .” Michael was silent for the rest of the drive to school as he thought about how alone and scared he would feel if he had to live without his mom and dad. Who would pack my lunch? he wondered. Who would take me to school? Who would rub my back at bedtime?
By the time they pulled up to Ballard West Elementary School, he had decided that it must make God smile when families adopt orphans. After all, he had learned a long time ago in Sunday school that Jesus loves all the little children. Not just the ones with moms and dads.
“Maybe we should go to Africa and get another sister for me,” said Michael as he opened the car door and grabbed his backpack.
“You don’t think that would be weird?” his mom asked with a smile.
“No more weird than having Zoe,” Michael teased. He laughed as Zoe gave him a playful swat and they ran together to the school playground.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you think it’s weird when families adopt children? Maybe you were adopted or have a sibling who was adopted, and you know firsthand how wonderful it is to grow a family in that way. God loves all kids. He loves those who have lost their parents and who need help and care. Today’s reading from Deuteronomy is an example of many verses in which God indicates that we are to reach out to the fatherless—to orphans—and do what we can to help them. They are precious in His sight.
TODAY’S KEY VERSE: (James 1:27)
Visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world