Tomorrow is Orphan Sunday, a day each year on which thousands of
churches around the world pray specifically for orphans. While watching
some videos on the Orphan Sunday website (which conveniently also has
pages in French), I was reminded of someone.
shoes appeared on the feet of a 14-year-old girl who came to the
hospital with two sick children. The children were hers, a
one-year-old girl and a baby boy. The 14-year-old girl wearing my shoes
was an orphan who, for various sad reasons, had run away from the
orphanage where she was living at age 12. With no one to take care of her, she fell into several
heartbreaking episodes of abuse. At age 14, she landed at the hospital, bone thin, with two
sick little kids and a detached sort of blank stare.
She did not
lift her eyes to make eye contact, and anyway, I could hardly look away
from the shoes. The irony left my mind spinning. This girl and I wore a common pair of shoes, and yet the paths on which we walked were strikingly dissimilar. I had used those shoes to go running for fun in good health while my loving husband cared for our healthy well-fed children. Her daily walk looked quite different.
There she was walking literally in my shoes, while I could not even imagine walking metaphorically in her shoes.
Thankfully, the Son of God came down and walked on this earth where we all walk, showing how he redeems brokenness. And he invites us to participate with him in bringing goodness and redemption out of broken situations. So tomorrow, on Orphan Sunday, please pray for this girl and
for her children (who are realistically at high risk for becoming orphans
themselves) as you pray for orphans around the world.