I got thinking about family trees.
Webster's dictionary defines 'family tree' as genealogy. When I looked up genealogy I found this:
"an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or from older forms"
Do you know the descent of what person or family you came from? I bet you do.
My heart is heavy right now. Heavy with the thought that my son or daughter does not know the person or family which they come from. Right now they don't have anyone to call mommy. Yes, they did come from someone--someone who abandoned them. And yes, they do have a mommy, and that is me. But right now, at this very moment, as they sit in their crib in an orphanage 8,000 miles away from me they don't know I'm here. And that breaks my heart.
Then I think of all the other orphans there that won't call me mommy. The ones that don't have anyone to call daddy. No one to teach them how to play, read, pray, or how to love. All the orphans that will never get adopted because they have committed crimes such as too old, too sick, or having a sibling. They will grow up and eventually they will age out of the orphanage. They will have no family tree.
Go then and make disciples of all the nations.
These orphans may not know an earthly family, but I pray that someone, somehow, someday will show them the love of God. The One who is their Savior, Redeemer, and eternal Father. Who in His mercy sent His one and only Son to walk a perfect life of humility and obedience on this earth for them. He walked it all the way to the cross and laid His life down. For sinners such as them. These children; though weak, defenseless, and fatherless, are not exempt from God's judgement. They too, are sinners and need a Savior. My heart is aching for them right now. I wish I could bring them all here and raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Show them the truth and teach them the Gospel. That is a bit unrealistic though....So I will just pray.
Yes, it is unrealistic for me to bring them all home. But it is not unrealistic for me to bring one home. What about you?
One less. One less orphan. One less without a family tree.
There are 153 million out there waiting.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:3-6