READ : Ezekiel 16:1-14
I gave you my solemn oath . . . and you became mine. (v. 8 NIV)
I was speaking on this passage one Sunday when a middle-aged man with mental
disabilities came to me exclaiming, “That’s about me!” Roger shared that as an infant he
had been placed in foster care after being found in a garbage bin. His new foster family
had abused him as well. Eventually he found a home, but his real adoption had come a year
earlier when he walked into church and discovered he was wanted after all, loved and
chosen by God. He put his faith in Jesus Christ and is now a son of our heavenly Father.
Roger is not alone. The world was shocked at its first glimpse of thousands of children
locked away in Romania’s orphanages. Conditions were deplorable. After years of neglect
and abuse, children who found adoptive homes were unable to form attachments. People
responded with an outpouring of love and practical help. Organizations like Star of Hope
changed the landscape, holding babies, mentoring teens, training foster parents.
Mother Teresa noted, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending
a love letter to the world.” Roger is today as well. He supports a World Vision child and
volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, sharing the joy of belonging he has found in
Thank you, Father, for loving me and making me your child.