I’ve seen their faces, and I wish I could be a mom to them all. I know that I can’t. In light of November being Adoption Awareness Month, here is a prayer for the ones who still wait, and for their future moms and dads who might need the courage to say, “Yes.”
My heart is breaking. While I rejoice at the opportunity to be family for even one precious treasure, I grieve for those who are left behind. I see them, God. I see their hungry faces and their empty eyes. I see their lifeless limbs as they lie under-stimulated and underfed in stiff wooden cribs. I see their hearts as they grow another layer of cement as they’re told they’re moving to another foster home—again. I hear the newborn’s cries for a mother than will not—cannot—come back.
I want to be home for each of these children, but I know I physically can’t.
God, will You be close to each of them tonight? As they toss fitfully into sleep without a goodnight kiss or a bedtime story, will You somehow whisper lullabies of love and presence? God, will you speak words of worth and value to their hearts even now? When the enemy tries to tear them down with the emotional fallout of abandonment, when it seems that the world is against them, will You remind them that You are for them? Will you show them that they are perfectly and wonderfully made?
And Lord, please bring each of them a family. A home. Will You right now, at this very moment, stir the hearts of men and women around the globe to want to be mamas and daddies to these kids? If desires for security are stopping these kind people, then make them uncomfortable with comfort; let their appetites for ease somehow become distasteful. Break their hearts for the things that break yours, God; we know that the plight of the fatherless is at the top of that list. Give these men and women courage to step out in faith and trust You for things they cannot see. For the money they can’t imagine raising and the capacity they feel they do not have. As they learn of Your compassion, let their own compassion grow so that they will, by faith, step forward and say, “Yes.”
Show them it’s one of the best yeses they could possibly speak.
This prayer is an excerpt from 30 Days of Hope for Adoptive Parents, available now at Amazon and anywhere books are sold.