Orphan Sunday was Sunday, November 3rd. I helped with a few events at our church the last couple weeks related to adoption and caring for orphans. But, I realized I hadn't posted anything on the blog yet.
Instead of sharing my own views and beliefs regarding orphans, I want to defer to God's words to all of us:
"Learn to do good; Seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:17
"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
"When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands." Deuteronomy 24:19
"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling." Psalm 68:5
"God sets the lonely in families." Psalm 68:6a
“I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you." John 14:18
"To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more." Psalm 10:18
"Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not bring justice to the fatherless, and the widow's cause does not come to them." Isaiah 1:23
"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute." Psalm 82:3
"He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing." Deut. 10:18
"And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do." Deut 14:29
"But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless." Pslam 10:14
"The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked." Psalm 146:9
"Do not move the ancient boundary or go into the fields of the fatherless, for their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you." Proverbs 23:10-11
Can we call ourselves followers of God and ignore these verses?
There are 147 million orphans in the world.
"2.1 billion people on this earth proclaim to be Christians. The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left." from Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie Davis
So what can you do?
Love them, pray for them, visit them, feed them, speak out for them, care for them, provide for them, adopt them.