Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Heroes

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

I met the most amazing people today. We had a long meeting with Jesse’s foster parents. These folks, late 60s, have three boys in their home, a seventeen year old adopted son, a twelve year old foster son and nine year old Jesse, an orphan waiting for a home (possibly ours!!). They have fostered dozens of children over the years. This in addition to the seven adult children they have raised. One of their adult children is raising thirteen children, four biological and nine adopted from foster care. That acorn didn’t fall to far from the tree.

These people are heroes. They may never receive any recognition beyond the occasional certificate at an awards dinner, but they are heroes nevertheless. They spoke with us about Jesse and the other couple of dozen foster children with whom they have shared their home over the years. Mrs. Hero teared up when she spoke about saying goodbye to Jesse. It is clear that they care deeply for the children who come to them. These kids, who arrive at all hours of the day and night, often battered and bruised with nothing to their name. They spoke of kids who will only sleep in their clothes, even their hats, living in a permanent fight or flight zone, ready to flee at all times. They described children who are in crisis in need of someone, anyone who cares.

Mr. & Mrs. Hero’s first question for us was about continuing contact with Jesse. I think that would be best for us all. Who wouldn’t want these folks as surrogate Grandparents for their child?

Lord bless Joe & Lucy, and all the men and women who care for widows and orphans. Amen.

5 comments:

Jennifer F. said...

Truly, these people are heroes. How blessed you are to know them. I am just so excited for you about Jesse!!!

Anne Marie said...

Thanks Jen. We get to meet him on Monday. I can't wait. Hubby was nesting all weekend getting his room ready, and we've told the fam all of whom were very positive. Very exciting.

Katie said...

That's so wonderful, they sound like beautiful people. I'm so happy for all of you! I'm sure it's difficult for them to see children go, but it must be deeply comforting for them to know they're going to be loved and cherished.

Lauren said...

Thank you for your prayers! I'll be praying for you as well. How exciting for you to be welcoming Jesse into your home!

Abigail said...

On top of all the other blessings, how grateful to know that Jesse had a kind foster care placement right before his adoption. How beautiful that you and the foster care family can work together to make sure that everyone who cares about Jesse can stay involved in his life.