Orphans or Children

Being the father of two young girls whom Christy and I adopted a little over 4 years ago, has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. In the beginning, you see this tremendous need for Godly men and women to step up and help with the overcrowded foster system. Then, you take the classes and are introduced to these tiny little souls, many of whom have seen more devastation in their brief few years on this earth than I have in my entire life.

No matter what you learned from raising your biological children, nothing prepares you for what it will be like to love someone else’s child as your own. There is no real preparation for being hated, disliked, or not trusted, even though you have laid your life down for them and have made sacrifices they will never see or understand.

As the world reels right now from the pandemic, riots, racism, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, famines, tsunamis, and volcanoes…just to name a few. I can’t help but see so many people out there as orphans. They long to be called children, to have a place, to know they are loved unconditionally. However, the spirit of an orphan is all they know and so they continue to live in that identity.

I can only imagine how scary everything in the world might seem right now when not viewed through the eyes of a child of God. Without an understanding of what the Father has done and how through His son Jesus Christ, stopped at nothing to make us orphans no more, but sons and daughters.

This Sunday, which is Father’s Day, I want to address the subject of what it means to show the world what it’s like to be a child of God and let go of being an orphan of this world.

See you Sunday!

Peace,
Nathan Bentley

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