In my Fathers House
Can you please think on the home of your youth. What was it like? What was good, great, and even not good, but not terrible. Draw the picture from the outpouring of your heart. Now quickly consider if none of that existed – what does today look like now?
Now, a verse from the word of truth: John 14:1-4 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Consider now, all the goodness that is available to you as a follower of Jesus Christ. In Him and His Word are many great and precious promises – all are true and ready to be called upon – the promises are stored up for us in hope. Even the hope we have in eternal life after we leave this world, this tent of a body. We can look forward to an eternal existence in the perpetual presence of Jesus Christ, even now.
Contemplate, no sickness, no tears, no murder, no death, no stealing, no thirst, no hunger – only perfection and the outpouring of love.
The Home of Youth
Now, back to the home of your youth. Consider the elements of good and great memories. Too many to count I hope. Too many great memories, with so many images stored in your heart. Such a bounty of goodness to lean upon.
Imagine, now, those very memories taken away – and only the very basic attributes of your home life remain. A bed, clothing, meals, shower, siblings – a safe place. Can you imagine being satisfied now? If you are like me, those items were a given.
What if…you could not count on even those facets of a safe home, a stable home, a predictable home. Forget about the big events, the surprise parties, the new puppy, the vacations, and the like.
What if…you simply wanted that safe place – with love, peace and rest.
Here is a portion of a testimony shared by Kendra Evans that hits the mark:
In the past, I have talked about the joys of all ‘the 1st times’ to be experienced by having foster children. The realization and gratitude of having their 1st bed, room, regular meals, clean clothes, seeing the ocean, experiences & things. While these are all worthy of recognition and value, this past week, however, a 1st was expressed that slammed perspective back into why we do this. “I don’t want to go home, I feel safe here”. SAFE. A child feels safe. A child now knows what if feels like to feel safe. A concept that so many of us take for granted as do our children. We have now given an awareness of safety to a child that has never known what it feels like to be safe.
Back to John 14:1-4 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
The Calling of the Church
With the promise we from the Lord to the body of Christ, the Church, why can we not turn the tide on the Aging Out crisis? What is that drives even followers of Christ to turn to the government for solutions when we have the power of love (as the Church) to step into the calling to care for the least amongst us.
This is not to say many are doing great things – but how much more can we do? Being aware is the first step. Getting plugged-in to a local ministry is a second step. Become a mentor. Help train up a foster child. Consider adoption.
Each of us has the capacity to love and protect our own children. The question is not, how much room do I have in my home, rather how much room is the heart. It will take the love of God for you to love another’s child. What more can you do?
The 3 Part Mission of The Greater Glory Co. To encourage the sharing of testimonies, and release transforming power amongst the curious, the hungry, and thirsty – the world. Offer handcrafted wood Christian flags that celebrate and memorialize the transformed life, and…support the ministries that tend to the least among these, orphans and children aging out of foster care.