Given Patch Adams' challenge this week and the fact that on any given day there are over 500,000 children waking up in foster care, and goodness knows how many more unknown children needing other care, I decided to use this meditation today.
Too many children
There are so many children, God. So many children who need love, who can't even think about wanting love, because they are too busy trying to stay safe. Safe in their own homes. Protect them. Hold them. There are not enough families willing to take them in and provide the safety and compassion they so desperately need. Be with those who have taken someone in. Keep them strong. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed, to feel helpless. If we feel that way, how must the children feel? Give us all strength to do what we can. Give us faith that one glorious day all children we be safe, all children will have homes, all children will be loved. Amen
Excerpted from "The Caring Heart Speaks: Meditations for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents" by Gail Underwood Parker Artwork by Anna Parker David from the book cover.
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