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.
James 1:27 is the most popular scripture referenced regarding orphan care! It is one of our family verses, and was even part of the inspiration for my site name, Living Out 127. It is a beautiful verse that mandates the believer’s participation in looking after orphans and widows in their distress, and keeping ourselves set apart from the things of the world.
Typically, this verse is coupled with information on how you can adopt or do foster care. But it is imperative that we address the fact that while everyone is mandated by scripture to participate in caring for orphans, not everyone is called to adopt! Recognizing this truth invites everyone to become part of reaching children in need of loving families, and seeing their needs met physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
During National Adoption Month, I would like to challenge those who cannot adopt to not turn away. Don’t be discouraged by the statistics, or overwhelmed by the needs before you. Instead, ask God how He would have you care for orphans. God has equipped us with the gifts we need to serve others, and often the opportunity to do so is before us, if we’ll only look for it!
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