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Today is orphan Sunday…so thankful for the many churches across the globe that are willing to recognize today and be a voice for the orphans. I especially appreciate this video on Orphan Sunday by David Platt you can watch on Vimeo.
It breaks our hearts that the orphan crisis is not being mentioned or addressed in many churches. As the body we should be furthering the gospel but also caring for the least of these. All through scripture you can see God's heart regarding this however it seems so often the church shies away from social injustice. Also, there are churches that loose focus in the spreading of the gospel by devoting themselves only to social injustice and that is not right either, but there needs to be a balance to ignore the cries of the oppressed is wrong too.
On Orphan Sunday, Christians have the opportunity to stand for the orphan. We are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress. http://orphansunday.org/about/ While on our trips to Ethiopia and since then we have met several families that adopted after their eyes and hearts were opened because of a message they heard on Orphan Sunday! So thankful that there are churches out there that are willing to stand in the gap and be a voice for the orphans.
As I sit here thinking about the orphans I am reminder how I am loved and adopted by our heavenly father. I love what David Platt said, “Important to realize, we adopt not because we are rescuers. No, we adopt because we are the rescued..." He is the father to the fatherless… I once was lost, lonely and brokenhearted….so thankful that the Lord has called me and adopted me into his family. The same passion and desire we adoptive parents have when we pursue our adopted children is how God pursues us! Adopting a child is the physical example of our adoptions into Christ.