Thursday, October 17, 2013

"I'll take anyone"

"I'll take anyone.  Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don't care. And I would be really appreciative. The best I could be."  Those words were spoken by Davion, an orphan who lives in Florida.  His caseworker took him to church so that he could address the congregation and ask for a family.  His story has been shared all over the internet.  Here is a link to one of the news articles.  I heard about it when my sister-in-law posted it to my facebook page.  The saddest part for me was that last line: "At publication time, two couples had asked about Davion, but no one had come forward to adopt him."  In a church full of 300 people, not one could answer Davion's direct request for a family.      

Each year in the U.S. over 20,000 kids age out of the system, never having found a family to take them in.  They go out into the world unprepared and with nobody to fall back on.  Right now, Davion is one of over 100,000 kids who are eligible for adoption, who are waiting, wanting, needing families to show them unconditional love. 

We all have reasons not to adopt.  Heck, I gave mine in the first paragraph of my previous post.  Tiny house, tiny income.  Is that really a valid reason?  Yes, practically speaking, it is a valid reason.  But really, truly, I don't think so.  When I think of adoption, the Bible passage below comes to mind.  I'll close here for today,  I think this is enough to ponder for now.  

Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version (NIV)) 
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.

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