Eyes of the Heart

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Ephesians 1:5-18 . . . having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know . . . hope. (v. 18) Don’t get too close. Don’t trust. It’s just another family. It’s just another house. Here we go again. I saw the fleeting sparkle in his eyes and then it was gone again. It was observable, palpable . . . What was it? Happiness? Joy? Hope? His eyes started to twinkle and then the glimmer quickly receded. What …

Do Not Grow Weary of Doing Good

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Galatians 6:1-10 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (v. 9) The big day finally arrived. It was a “respite care” day—a break—for his current foster family, but really, a chance for us to meet each other. We played, ate, and played more with Ben for an exhausting six hours of nonstop chatter and motion. This hyperactive, hungry-to-please, bright-eyed boy returned to his foster …

Made for Connection

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Genesis 3:1-13 I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself. (v. 10) Ben is 10 years old and has no parents. He has lived in nine previous homes. He has been told that his current foster family does not want to keep him any longer (more rejection) but that another family is interested in taking him in. Us. According to his caseworker, he’s jittery with nerves …

Love Is a Dangerous Life!

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Hebrews 12:18-29 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking . . . for our God is a consuming fire. (vv. 25, 29) His smile beamed. His bright blue eyes twinkled both mischief and sweetness. After poring through hundreds of photos and profiles of children in need of a home, this particular 10-year-old caught our attention, all four of us. Over the prayerful course of the following week, we just knew—this boy was the one. Slowly and …

Anticipation

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Luke 1:35-49 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord. (v. 45) Two women. Both pregnant with children promised by God and both waiting with elated anticipation for the birth of their sons. This is not true for all mothers. While Mary and Elizabeth were able to keep, feed, love, and care for their newborns, poverty, addiction, violence, and a host of other debilitating issues force …

Passing Away, Passing On

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: John 17:1-13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. (v. 13) In one of the most eloquent prayers in the Bible, John 17 gives us a glimpse into the heart of Jesus. His mission was clear: to enable us to know God through himself—that we might share in eternal life (v. 3). His method was deliberate: to share God’s words with us—that …