James 1:27: “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
What is this message? Take care of those who can’t take care of themselves. If you take care of the orphans and the widows, God will take care of you. How do you do it? There are several ways. You can make their needs your needs. You can give them food, shelter and money; and that is very important, considering that so many of them really don’t have enough. You can do what it says in this verse. You can visit them. You can become involved in their lives. You can let them into your heart. If you open the door just a little, they’ll come in, and your life will be changed. (forever)
Some people actually adopt children. It’s a hard process, but so fulfilling if you just persevere. There are many people out there who are actually called to be foster parents (like preachers are called to the ministry). Some of them start out doing it for what little it pays; but more often than not, they too are changed. It’s because of that love that God puts in our hearts. But many kids stay in foster care until they ‘age out’, without ever being adopted. Often it’s because of behavioral issues; or learning disabilities; or prenatal drug addiction. Sometimes four or five kids from one family become orphans in one fateful accident. CPS just can’t keep them all together, and they become ‘lost in the system’. (one by one) There’s a group called ‘Foundation for Christian Adoptions’ whose mission is to find and help families who are willing to adopt sibling groups. They do it in all kinds of ways; from making connections between the kids and the parents, to providing housing for such families.
The world is full of ways to help. Get on the ‘Net and see. God is calling us all to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters in need, especially those who need a momma and a daddy to love them.
Thank you for Orphans and Widows – As the grandma or Bushka for two adopted children I can attest to the work and heartbreak associated with adoption. But when Nicholas and later Jenna walked out to us in the airport terminal, God’s love and light shines through.