My kids, your kids, our kids

After a couple week blogging hiatus caused by my intense travel and conference schedule, as well as several unexpected work and family issued that needed my undivided attention, I’m excited to “re-emerge” this week with a post on a subject that many of you know is near and dear to my heart.

The Father’s love for the fatherless, and our corporate and individual callings to love orphans, widows, and at-risk communities as God loves them.

Last Sunday, I had the honor of preaching at my church about why we have a special place in our hearts for orphaned children.

A former orphan with his mom and dad at La Providencia

A former orphan with his mom and dad at La Providencia

Why it just doesn’t sit right with us when the fatherless and widows are treated as second-class humans (as we’ve read about in the recent Providence blog posts).

Why we should not stop pursuing better love and care for all orphaned children until they are all loved as your kids and my kids are loved . . . as children of God who each have unique and amazing gifts, talents, abilities, and callings that can change our world for the better.

Whether or not you relate with these sentiments (and especially if you do not relate to them), I invite you to listen to the sermon by clicking here and playing the 5/12/13 sermon entitled, “My Kids, Your Kids, Our Kids” (the sermon starts at 2:54 (prior to that is a personal Mother’s Day “message” to my church family)).

I hope that the words encourage you to really think about your personal calling to love orphaned children in some real way.  And if you’re already actively caring for orphans, I pray that this encourages you to continue loving them with excellence, as God loves them.

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the sermon through comments to this post.