Day 12 - Mothers

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR FAMILIES?

1 KINGS 3:16-28: “Then the king gave his ruling: ‘Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.’”

Not long ago, I learned about a teenage boy who was about to be taken away from his natural mother due to her neglect of him. The teenage boy had developed a curve in his spine sitting alone all day long playing video games. His teeth had rotted away by eating whatever junk he could find in the house. He had terrible social anxiety and unaddressed learning disabilities. His mother even coached him on what medications to ask the therapist for when visiting our facilities so the drugs could be passed along to her.

When I learned CPS was going to take this young man away, God put a mother on my mind who had expressed a willingness to take in a foster child. I explained his situation and my sense of things to her, and also offered her an out, but soon heard back that she and her husband were willing to take this young man into their home. Over the next months, she would vacillate as to whether she was really the right person to care for the wild and varying needs of this young man. With a lot of coaching and encouragement and prayer, she did decide to be the young man’s permanent mother.

After one year, the differences in the young man’s life were outstanding; he had really become a part of this family and loved it. He had gained recognition in the community for a new skill he acquired (painting), his teeth were fixed, his back was nearly straight, his attitude was better, his habits were healthier, and his foster family had committed to seeing him through his remaining years of high school. In the end, it seems that a commitment to permanence is what was needed, not the perfect situation. Knowing his new mother would always be there and sacrifice for him made all the difference in the young man’s life.

REFLECTION:

  1. Let’s pray and be thankful for the consistent presence of our mothers for their children.

  2. How can your congregation make it easier for mothers to make their needs known to the community?

  3. What’s God’s heart for how the Church in your city can be a Mother to foster children?

Steve Strombom Enumclaw, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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