a letter to all my friends.

This post started in my head as “a letter to half my friends.” It was going to be a “Someone is going to be disappointed tomorrow” kind of post. And the title was based in the reality that I have friends on multiple sides of most of the campaigns: democrat, republican, independent, across the border, across the water. But I’m not sure I have the energy to write a meaningful “let’s learn to talk with each other” post.

I do have the energy to rejoice with our friends Rob and Megin.

Yesterday was Orphan Sunday. We saw a video in church. It talked about the 147 million orphans in the world. Kids who, as Megin would say, go to bed without someone to read them a book and listen to their prayers. When the narrator said, “What can you do?” I started to cry. I said “Rob and Megin brought Sitota home.” She used to live in an orphanage in another country. After two years of wrestling and wondering and weeping and wishing and working, she moved home. As I was watching the video, she was waking up for the first Sunday with her new brothers and sister and mom and dad.

I know that adoption isn’t for everyone. I suppose I would feel differently if I were one of those 147 million kids. Then I’m guessing I’d be pretty convinced that it was for everyone.

I know that bringing new people into your family is tough. I’m guessing Mordecai thought that too, when his niece was left alone. But he adopted her. And as Queen Esther, she saved her people.

As much as we all dislike religion, it’s hard to argue with this:

The religious observance that God the Father considers pure and faultless is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being contaminated by the world.

Today, I vote for Rob and Megin and the rest of my friends who voted with their lives for love.

4 thoughts on “a letter to all my friends.

  1. joseph ruiz

    We saw a similar video and the message was based on the scripture you quoted at the end of this post. They get my vote too Jon as do Rusty and his wife who have adopted two kids from China and numerous others, an excellent reminder.

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  2. Frank Reed

    Praying for more to do this.

    I have friends perfectly suited for adopting and praying they will make the move.

    Thanks for concentrating on this and not the election. It’s one vote for me then it’s time to move on with whatever the Lord has allowed to happen.

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  3. Amber

    I loved this post, Orphan Sunday is an event that is right smack dab in the middle of God’s heart. I volunteer with the 111 Project and I feel the need to spread the crux of their message. We have a passion for letting the body of Christ know that we all DO have a part in the plight of the orphan. Although we may not be called to adopt or foster, we can support a family who has answered that call. We can cook a weekly meal, babysit once a month, come alongside as a “foster grandparent” even if we’re not directly related. It’s imperative that we support those who have answered such a taxing (yet rewarding) call. To keep cultures of origin thriving, even inside multi cultural adoptions. To give the adoptive parents a well needed day of rest. To let them know they’re not alone, and just as God has set their adoptive child in a family, He will be equally as faithful to do that for the parents…a church family. Thanks for the blog Jon, awareness is half the battle.

    PS, remember there are kids in shelters that are not even ten miles from our houses, multiple in every city.

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