This week we focus our attention toward orphan care. Not every orphan is available for adoption. In the United States about 500,000 children are in foster care, but only about 120,000 of them are eligible for adoption (and most of those are over 10 years of age and/or sibling groups).
Globally orphan statistics vary, but there are roughly 163,000,000 “orphans” in the world. Of that huge number, less than a third are available for adoption.
So while adoption is an amazing option for many, there are many more whose care will come in a different form. Over and over in scripture we read of God’s love and concern for the orphan and his call for us to care for them as he would:
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. – Deuteronomy 10:17-20
Prayer: Father, today we acknowledge that you are the great God, mighty and awesome. You love orphans far more than we ever could. Give us your heart for the orphans of the world. Father, we pray that you give them food and clothing and meet their needs this day. You administer justice. You alone are the true Father of the fatherless. We pray for all the orphans who we will never know and who will not be adopted. God empower those who care for them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.