“… although you have hidden these things from the wise and learned you have revealed them to little ones.”
A relatively recent January, Parade Magazine article by Rosemary Zibart, entitled Their Faces Spoke to the Heart, states that there are nearly 130,000 children in the United States waiting to be adopted — most of them are the hardest to place: older children, minorities, and brothers and sisters. Many of these kids have known only abuse and neglect all their lives; they’re angry, they’re afraid, and they’ve suffered every kind of physical, emotional and behavioral problem imaginable.
Ten years ago, a social worker in New Mexico came up with a new adoption strategy. Tired of the same static, expressionless snapshots that she would show prospective parents, she asked some professional photographers to shoot portraits of these children that would capture the spirit and personality of each child. The photographers readily volunteered. Families considering adopting were then invited to a special showing of these stunning photographs at a local gallery.Continue reading →
“And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them …”
Tim was nine when the last of many foster-care placements began to break down and he was placed in a home where children received special care and help. Tim was a sad and angry young boy who, having been put into care by his mother when he was six, hated the world. He was often sullen and aggressive, though occasionally he revealed a wicked sense of humor and some sparkle.
During his time at the home, his care-givers would arrange for Tim to meet with his mother. Each time it would be the same. Tim would be excited, full of hope and plans, confident that this time things would be different and his mother would want him back. It was a very normal reaction for any child. Each time, however, the pain would be greater. Tim’s mother would express her pleasure at seeing him, give him sweets and they would go off for the day. Then it would end and Tim would return, agitated, withdrawn and angry, refusing to talk. His hopes and dreams were once more dashed. It took a great deal of being alongside him, listening to him and helping him to make sense of what had happened to him, before he could move on and begin to live with a different kind of hope.Continue reading →
“Peter said, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?’
Writing in the Harvard Business Review [April 23, 2013], business consultant Peter Bregman tells of running late one evening. He was to meet his wife, Eleanor, for dinner, but a client meeting had run longer than expected and he was 30 minutes late.
Arriving at their table in the restaurant, he apologized. “I didn’t intend to be late,” he said!