Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Have you seen this child?

Almost a year ago Scott and I had the privilege of hearing Tom Davis, author of Fields of the Fatherless speak. His book takes a biblical look at God's heart for the fatherless and for children. During his talk he told the story of a famous pastor friend of his, whose wife's heart had been awakened to the needs of orphans around the world. The pastor had been listening to her quote statistics about the 140 million orphans worldwide and bible verses that clearly show God's tender heart for orphans and His desire and command for His people to act on their behalf. While this pastor agreed in his head that the church should take a more active role, it did not reach his heart fully until one day when he was going through his mail at home. He was going through the junk mail over the trashcan when one of those white cards with a missing child's photo on it floated down and landed on the floor. As he reached down to pick it up so he could throw it away, he looked into the face of the child on the card, and for a moment, pictured his own child's face on that card under the words "Have you seen this child?". Immediately his heart began to race and he could feel the tears forming in his eyes. He thought about what lengths he would go to if one of his children went missing. He said that in that moment God spoke deeply to his heart and said, "each one of those orphans is a child of mine, I know them by name and not only do I recognize their faces, but I formed each one".
Psalm 68:5 "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling."
Love this song:

No word on when we might see the face of our little one. I will let you know!

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