This week we turn our focus toward those orphans which are labelled “Special Needs.” When people hear the term “special needs,” they assume the child has some disability or medical condition. That definition holds true for orphans as well, but in the world of adoption and foster care a “Special Needs Orphan” also includes any child over the age of two and often will also include sibling groups because they are more difficult to place in families.
Often children with special needs are seen as a burden, especially in economically challenged countries. These children are sometimes discarded or abandoned because of this perception.
But God doesn’t make mistakes.
As we pray this week, we will be looking at some specific orphans and care workers who embody that truth about our Father.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. – Psalm 139:13-16
God, thank you for making us in your image. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. God, we believe that every child has value and is beautiful in your eyes. Give us ‘eyes to see’ and ‘ears to hear.’ Today we pray for orphans with special needs. Father, let them experience your love today. Let them know how much you treasure them as your own. In Jesus name, Amen.