That is a term that I use sparingly when talking about a child
A term that I never use for Lucy because she is our daughter, however, at this moment in time, the reality is...
she is an orphan and the other day, her reality came crashing down on me like a ton of bricks.
Through a wonderful contact, a God given contact, the Lord is preparing my heart and giving me a glimpse into Lucy's reality...
an orphan's reality.
We received some pictures and video of our precious girl a few weeks back and as grateful as I am to have them, these particular glimpses broke my heart and the reality that is our daughter's life right now, as well as so many other precious children, just took my breath away.
In every single picture and all throughout the 2 videos they sent, my sweet Lucy was sad and in tears.
Now, I know that she could have just been feeling sick or tired (we were told she wanted to go to bed) or wasn't allowed to do something she wanted to do (like go to bed), or, or, or – but the hopelessness that was so evident on her beautiful face spoke to me in a way that looking at hundreds of files of waiting children, watching their videos and reading of their struggles, could not...
Lucy's pictures and videos shone a glaring light on the reality of so many “orphans”
It was so hard to sit here and stare at those pictures, watch those video and listen to her cry and Lucy's reality slowly began to seep into every inch of this Momma's heart.
I mean this is what I do - every - single - day...
I read files, I watch videos, I look at pictures - of - orphans and their reality is never far from my heart.
I remember one night, after reading several heart breaking files and praying over several sweet, precious faces, I reviewed a video before I posted it to my site and there in that video was the cutest little 4 year old boy.
As I read his file and watched his adorable video, one of the very few shows I watch on t.v. - H*use H*nters happened to come on.
As I watched this incredible little boy who, despite his circumstances was full of joy, this child whose special need will make him wait longer than he should, who was smiling and laughing and waiting, this very nice couple on H*ouse H*unters was trying to find their dream second home in Florida. This very nice couple who, I am certain worked very hard to be able to make this happen was complaining about every single beautiful home they looked at. One didn't have granite counter tops, one didn't have a pool, one didn't have this or that or the other thing and all the while, this precious boy was smiling for the camera, performing for his “hoped for” forever family and the contrast between these two realities was sobering.
I sobbed for this boy, this orphan.
I sobbed for this couple whom I know nothing at all about, who could very well give lots of their well earned money to charity and make missions trips every summer, but whom, to me, at that moment in time, represented everything in this fallen world that is so altogether backwards, everything that society thinks is important, the symbols of success, the taking care of #1 mentality.
I sobbed for the beautiful aging out girl whom I have been advocating for, for so long, whose file brought me to my knees when, as I was reading it, I realized what they were preparing her for.
It was obvious as I read her update and saw that she was in “school” to learn massage, physical training, computer, hair cut, and labor skills...
that they were preparing her to age out - at 14 - and for her, that is less than one year away.
I sobbed as I considered our Lord's words...
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
“look after widows and orphans”
“keep oneself from being polluted by the world”
Pretty clear and powerful words.
I do not think there is anything at all wrong with being financially blessed by the Lord but I do know that the Lord had to bring Hubby and myself to our knees financially to get our attention and I am so incredibly grateful that He did and...
He is not done with us yet.
The Lord is doing a good and mighty work within my dear Hubby's heart and I hope to be able to elaborate a bit more in the coming weeks.
So please pray with me for these precious children, these orphans, for more and more hearts to be moved for their plight, their reality and for our Lucy, soon to be no longer an orphan and for our family as we pray through what the Lord's will is for us right now and stay tuned.