I remember coming home from work one day, heavy-hearted to the point of tears. The weight of suffering felt crushing and hopeless. Prior, I knew nothing about foster care. However, I somehow found myself in a job where it became my world. I don’t think I knew what I was getting myself into. Had I known, I probably would have been a little less excited and a lot more resistant.
I reflect on what I believed before engaging. It hurts me to even write these words. I didn’t know the stories of our birth parents. I didn’t know the shoes in which they had walked. I believed they were the enemies. I didn’t try to have a calloused heart, but I did. One by one, though, I began to hear the stories of where they had come from and where they had been. I heard their hearts and love for their children. I saw their tears as they held their children. I wept with them. I celebrated with them.
God chose to soften my heart and I am so humbled. As my co-worker once said, “Foster care taught me how we are all equal at the foot of the cross.” There is nothing about my sin that is more glamourous. I am in desperate need of Jesus’ forgiveness and grace. There was nothing I did to earn His favor. The same blood that purchased me also saves the addict, the promiscuous, the abused, and the abuser.
As people changed by God’s grace, we are invited to participate in the redemptive work that God is doing all around us. The love and grace of Jesus is what compels the Christian to love and extend grace; thus, we have the opportunity to be ministers of the gospel so that others may know and receive the love of Jesus. We carry the message of reconciliation!
"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation." -1 Cor. 5:18-19
If you are interested in learning more about foster care in our community, Tacoma Youth For Christ (YFC) is hosting an event called UNITE on November 14th. To find out more info, visit the YFC UNITE event webpage.
Written by: Emily Davidson, YFC Visitation Coordination and Member of Gospel Life Church