A FAITHFUL wife, a FAITHFUL friend, a FAITHFUL employee…FAITHFUL is more than a word or label, but a way of life…
Last week, I received word from one of my contacts in North Africa who cares for a couple of the children I support. It is news that unfortunately isn’t new to me and yet is still as disheartening as the first time I experienced this situation. One of my boys left her care. He chose to return to the gang he was a part of rather than stay in a place in which he was being looked after. I don’t know the reasons why. I don’t really need to know. But I pray for his safe return and that he know that the door is still open.
When I first met him, he was a 9 year old boy, walking with his head down, who couldn’t even look at me. There was this shame on him for things he had done while living in the streets, and I sat there and listened as he shared some details of how he got there. Receiving food from me or anything was very difficult for him. He just didn’t understand. He didn’t understand love and he still doesn’t.
Yesterday, he was heavy on my mind and heart. I just wanted to get to him, to tell him all the things that I see in him, to show him a love that welcomes him in and doesn’t push him away, a love full of grace and conviction that calls out the greatness and responsibility one has. I’m not giving up on him. I can’t give up on him…and so I prayed.
I’m so thankful for those who have taught me more about love and perseverance. I’m thankful for those who never gave up on me, for God who never leaves me so that I too can try to live in such a way, loving in a way that gives and doesn’t take, that instills hope.
“Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?” – Proverbs 20:6
I want to be faithful. I want to truly learn what it means to be a faithful woman and for that to be lived out in all areas of my life and relationships. This is the way I want to live…