Last Thanksgiving, I was allowed to present a lesson before the Dalraida church of Christ concerning orphaned and fatherless children. The lesson was written and presented specifically for the Thanksgiving Appeal for the work at Childhaven. The final area I covered in the lesson was how much is required to care for orphans/fatherless.
When I talk to Dr. Moore from Mt. Dora and Dr. Wright from Childhaven, they beam when they talk about the children. They love them so much and they are so grateful to God and us for allowing them to care for the children entrusted to them. But their faces become grave when they tell me they have had to close group homes or that they couldn’t afford to bring another single mother and children into the home.
Much is required to keep these children safe and cared for and much is required from us to help these works. But, most of all, consider Luke 12:48 Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. And tie this back to Deut 24:21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.
Please allow me to make a plea that you do not pick over your vineyards. Leave something for those who are fatherless and need it so much. Obey God’s command to take care of children as Jesus did when he said “Let the little children come to me”. And, taking care of these little children, be blessed by God financially, emotionally, and most of all spiritually by the God of love and protection. If you have not obeyed God’s command, but have marginalized or failed to help those who are less fortunate than you, or if you want to begin a new life where you are a Baptized, saved, new Creation who can experience God’s richness in Heaven through giving from your heart and soul come to God through Jesus today and be adopted yourself into God’s family.
My oldest son is ten today and I have to say he’s a great kid. He’s smart and funny and really sweet, but most of all, he’s creative. My wife is an artist. She does amazing and beautiful things with fiber, paint, and paper that have been passed on to Luke. Ever since he was old enough to hold a brush in his hand, he has been creating art. I love to watch it unfold as he thinks right onto the page.
Today, it occurred to me that maybe I’m not so different and neither are you. We all have this creative, excited person inside us, jumping around and yelling, “I want to make something pretty!” I think that maybe, if we just let that person out more, the world would be a funner and prettier place.
As Deacon over the orphan’s ministry at Dalraida church of Christ, I am always excited when there is an opportunity to let people know about how they can help children, especially the fatherless and orphans. On March 15th in Montgomery, Alabama, there will be a benefit dinner to help the Mt. Dora Children’s Home in Mt. Dora, Florida. I only request your prayers, but if you ever want to donate, you can visit their site and give to help children without families have a chance to grow spiritually and succeed in life. Thanks for listening.