Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Guest Post on Fields of the Fatherless

Murray (the Engineer) has read a book that I haven't read yet and was greatly impacted by its words. I asked him if he wanted to share his thoughts on the blog, and he agreed.

As a father going through the process of adoption, I have often wondered if there are others who share in this tugging at their heart for the parentless child, yet do not have the courage to take that first step. I know for myself that my wife and I had talked about the prospect of adoption a lot. We also talked about the need for justice for the causes of the poor, the orphan and those marginalized by society. All this has lead our family to the calling to adopt.

After we were firmly in the process I wanted to articulate what I was feeling and how God was leading our family, and yet I did not have the words. Then I read Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis. This book not only put on paper many of my feeling and thoughts, but it also expanded upon much of what I already knew and believed, but could not clearly describe. Most importantly it helped me see that God’s heart, not just my heart, is focused on the orphaned.

Many of us have read that we are adopted by God, He is our father, He considers us to be His sons and we will receive an inheritance from Him. We know this and except it without much thought. I know I did this as well. But to get a real insight into the heart of God and what he has done for us we need to adopt a child as He has adopted us. To love a child you have never met (or three in our case) with no regard to what their past has been and to have a deep desire to call them “my child”, I think we get a small glimpse at what Gods sees in us, and how much he loves us.

Of course not everyone can adopt a child, but everyone can do something to make a difference in the life of someone else, to love them like a father, or mother, or brother, or sister. In doing so you to will get closer to the heart of our Father in heaven.

Fields of the Fatherless although focused on adoption will speak to every son and daughter of God, and will hopefully move you to action to care, in some way, “for the least of these”

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40)

Murray

1 comment:

  1. I love that your Engineer wrote and you posted his thoughts on your blog. It's a blessing to me to read about your heartfelt commitment to live out the gospel in the lives of those around you. I am inspired.
    Thank you, Murray, for putting your feelings out there for us to read and for us to continue to make a commitment to do our part to love and support the orphans and widows, the poor and those marginalized by society.
    blessings to you booth,
    ~a

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