The kids need so much. How do I find time to be with those who need less? with those who deserve as much or more? Husbands and wives need to spend time together, not just problem solving the needs of the wounded ones, but time talking about their own love, love for each other. They need to spend time supporting each other with that love. Those who are not married still need the love and support of others too. This is such hard work, Lord. We need love too. We need to say "I love you" and we need to hear "I love you." We need hugs. Hugs that are received as well as hugs that are given. Help us maintain the love around us. Help us nurture it, feed it, enjoy it, and help it grow.
Excerpted from "The Caring Heart Speaks: Meditations for foster, kinship, and adoptive parents" by Gail Underwood Parker Heart artwork by Anna Parker David from the book cover. Finger artwork from: 4littlefergusons.wordpress.com