Over the last 6 weeks we have shared some pretty grim statistics and stories: 163 MILLION orphans; hundreds of thousands of which will never be adopted, children left to eat out of garbage dumps, sold into sex slavery, millions of children left on their own because of AIDS, children turning to crime and prostitution as a way of life because they have no other way.
We’ve also offered some glimpse of redemption, love and compassion in the people and organizations we believe are walking out the call of Isaiah 1:17 – The Loux Family, Sister Valeriana Garcia Martin, The Shepherd’s Crook, Back2Back Ministries, Focus on Youth, and many many more.
But, if we are honest with ourselves, all their efforts and all of your efforts and all our efforts alone cannot save 163 Million and counting.
So where do we find hope? We find hope in the Beginning and the End.
The Bible opens with the story of a family. God created family. It is his desire for children to have mothers and fathers. So, we must continue to advocate for the orphan in ways that bring attention to their suffering and draw couples and families into the call of adoption (or foster care or respite care or orphan care). But no matter how much we advocate, no matter how many children we personally adopt or foster, there will always be more. We are human and we cannot fix this problem without God.
At the end of the Bible, God gives us His promise that He can fix this…and will.
Revelation 21:1-7 reads: Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Prayer: Father, we believe that you are the Beginning and the End. We believe that one day we will realize the beauty of your just rule and reign fully. We know that we see glimpses of it now. We know that you call us to be a part of bringing your kingdom here and now when and where we can. We believe that you set the lonely in families; that it is your desire to see orphans loved and cared for in family. Jesus, show us our part in that. We will continue to pray and act with the persistence of the widow for the fatherless. We will seek justice. We will take up the cause of the fatherless. Show us what’s next. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thanks so much for participating in the 30 prayers with us. It doesn’t stop here. Please continue praying for orphans. Come back to the prayers and use them again. Share them with others. As for our next steps with One17, we are looking to God for guidance. We know we’d love to use this blog and the Facebook page to share more prayers, but also stories (your stories if you’re willing to share them with us), and happenings in adoption and orphan care. Please email us if we can be of help to you in your next steps with orphans – or if you just want to talk about what you’re thinking or hear more of our story. Much love! – Aaron and Brooke Wright