Saturday, May 15, 2010

a father for the fatherless

our church has a daily bible reading plan that we follow.  you can have the posts emailed to you daily, and it goes by the acronym r.e.a.p. (read, examine, apply, prayer).  well, this was the email that i received on friday.  it just made my day!  =)

A Father for the fatherless

Posted: 14 May 2010 12:59 AM PDT

“A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation.” Psalms 68:5

According to most scholars, this is a psalm the Israelites would have sung before moving the ark of the covenant (which represented the presence of God). It at once praises God as the God who makes the earth quake at His very presence (vs. 7-8), but also as a God who is a father to orphans and an advocate for widows.

This verse is just one of many verses God has spoken to me lately about His heart for orphans and widows. Clearly, God’s heart breaks for these people and He cares for them deeply. But what’s really convicting is that He expects me to care for them just as deeply. James 1:27 says, “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress.” How pure and undefiled is my religion?

I recently read an article by Kay Warren that stated there are 143 million orphans in the world, and that because of AIDS a new child is orphaned every 14 seconds. She also stated that if just one family out of every four churches in the U.S. adopted, there would be no more orphans here.

I can’t validate those statistics, but I would dare say they’re not far from the truth. I can’t say with clarity what He is calling me to do, but I think that clearly God is calling all believers to do something about it.

Lord, my prayer has been that you would break my heart for what breaks yours. And there is no doubt you have a special place in your heart for orphans and widows. I pray that you would give me clarity as to what you would have me do. Whether it’s sponsoring a child through Compassion or World Vision, serving as a foster home, or even adopting, I want to be open to whatever your will is for my life. Thank you, Lord, that where we as a Church have fallen short, you will always be a Father to the fatherless and a Judge for the widows.

— Michael Manuel, Campus Pastor, Clinton campus
i have more to share soon on our church situation.  i just haven't had time to be writing a lot of posts lately!

1 comment:

Leslie said...

I love this!!! As you know...our heart is for international adoption of our China daughter too!! I am amazed at how the Lord seems to be stirring the hearts of Christians towards adoption. We have several friends that have been doing this!! anyway, I loved this post but camee by to tell you that the gowns with the ruffles are Tralala and the others ones are Baby Nay or Everyday Nay...I found them at and were on sale:)...blessings...i usually search baby nay sale on google and the same from tralala...blessings to you...