Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Martin Luther King, JR
Lord, these children need to learn from Martin Luther King, Jr. There are so many of his lessons that speak to the challenges faced by children of trauma and neglect. He dealt with the label of race. They live the labels of their past... foster child, abuse victim, child of violence. They need to learn to measure themselves by the "content of their character" not their past or their parents or their beginnings. Help them work to build the content of their character and to value their character. Martin Luther King, Jr taught non-violence. They have so much anger, and with reason. But they need to learn to deal with their angers without violence. Violence is a fast route to more serious problems, and oh Lord, they don't need more problems. So let them learn from Martin Luther King, Jr. Help me teach them these lessons. Guide their ears and minds to hear and absorb, and to believe.
Read "The Caring Heart Speaks: Meditations for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents" by Gail Underwood Parker Artwork by Anna Parker David from the book cover.