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Meager but Good

One day a baby was born, but instead of joy, relief and love, the baby was held in contempt, unwanted.  The child was hurt, rejected.  The baby was left in a building with people who were paid a small amount to care for it and many, many other undesired children.  The baby was unloved, aching and scared.  A sad beginning, with a worse life prognosis.

A person passed by the child, “So much hurt,” they saw, “must be a lot to deal with,” they rightly concluded.  They hurried on to their destination, quickly forgetting the child.

Someone who works at a church passed by the child, but quickly, only glancing, “Can’t save them all…” they muttered to themselves, “Must get going, have so much on my list,” and moved on–meetings, cleaning, organizing, so much stuff to get done, bible studies to finish, and they quickly walked by, on the other side of the road,  not looking back, promising to offer up some prayers later.

A family without all their ducks in a row saw the child.  Their finances were meager, they were busy, they had children and appointments to keep too, but when they saw the child, they took pity.

They went to the child.

They offered their own possessions and took care of the child.

They gave from their own stock what little they had to make sure that child would be safe, and healthy.  And that child was loved.

//  “What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the *child*?”
“The one who treated him kindly,” the religion scholar responded.
Jesus said, “Go and do the same.” //

“I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.

{Amos 5: 21-24}

 

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{Written to our friends adopting now, the ones who said yes, and to the millions of children still waiting}

 

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  • Lucy March 28, 2014, 6:53 pm

    Love this post Amy!

  • Bethany March 29, 2014, 10:57 pm

    Yes! Thank you. Love your writing. Always very moving. Would love to meet you some day. We’re in L.A. and adopted from same country and same SN. So much to say…

    Bethany

  • katie March 30, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Yes…even for those of us who have adopted multiple times. What will we do with our perceived abundance (or lack thereof)? Will we sit and question or watch God do abundantly more than we could imagine….in our own lives not just those we bring into our family?

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