One of the houseparents and myself were in a meeting at one of the County Department of Resources with a family regarding their case. Their children were placed at the Children’s Home the month before. At the end of the meeting the houseparent told the parents “I want you to know that we pray for you every night.” This really touched me. Obviously, the parents had their children removed because of some action or inaction that put their children at risk. No matter what they have done, they are people and sinners just like us who deserve prayers and support, like everyone else. In conversations I have had with others regarding children who are placed with us, it is not uncommon to hear derogatory comments regarding their parents. Many of the families of our residents are struggling with tough issues-substance abuse, mental health challenges, financial woes, lack of support, criminal charges, etc. Sometimes it can be too easy for us to pass judgment. For many of us, we could all be a few bad choices away from being in a predicament such as them. I often thank God for His guidance and for the people He put in my life to keep me on the path I should be.
I am very thankful for a staff who prays for our resident’s parents, for they know, that God alone is the only source of sustainable change. Will you join us in praying for them as well?