“Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.” Harold S. Hulbert
This quote was not made to get a chuckle based on obvious things we all know about children, but based on the psychiatric examination of convicted murders who experienced abuse in childhood.
Hulbert, a leading pyschiatric expert witness of his time and a child psychiatrist, knew the potential magnitude of the effects of being a child unloved. He testified in the murder trials of men affected by such abuse.
So what does this mean to us? One doesn’t have to go far to find children who need love. The foster care system in America is overflowing with abandoned children who need love. Poverty creates hungry children that need love. Drug abuse produces neglected children who need love. They are in our towns and in our schools. These children may not be in your neighborhood, but they aren’t far away.
Not your ministry? Not your problem? Then whose?
Jesus said, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10
Is the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart? What is God asking you to do? More than likely, it is something small. Help in your Vacation Bible School? Teach in your Mission Church? Volunteer in a local school? or in a hospital for drug babies? Volunteer for CASA? Give a small amount of money?
Whatever you do, don’t close your eyes to the desperate need that is all around us.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans … in their distress …” James 1:27
There are many ways you can give God’s love to children. All you have to do is ask Him.
And now, I would like to nominate Channing Tuttle, the author of Grace Wins, for the 3-Day Challenge. Channing is a young woman who works in foster care. God is using her to show God’s love in the darkest places. You will be blessed by her heartfelt blog posts.
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