This is the fourth entry in a 6-part series on foster parenting. To view a list of all the videos and blogs available in this series, please click here.
“The bruises and sores are finally starting to heal.”
It was prayer request time at our small group. And the report wasn’t on someone who was recovering from a car accident. She was describing two young children in the foster care system.
When children are removed from their homes by DCS, they carry many burdens. They have often been subject to neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse. Instead of being nurtured and cherished by their caregivers, they have been sinned against. This has a drastic effect on the psyche and spirit of these children, and more than anything, they need healing. These children need healing for their broken relationships, healing for their broken bodies, and most importantly, healing for their spirits through the gospel.
“And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, who were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them” – Luke 5:17
The power of our Lord knows no bounds. He is capable of healing any child, no matter how badly they have been abused. They can be healed of the burden from their past abuse, and also from the unrelated burden of their own sin. This spiritual healing comes through the gospel and the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit. As Christian foster parents, we have a unique opportunity to share the facts of the gospel, and to model the fruit of the Spirit for children in our care. Whether we have them for a couple days, or adopt them and have them for the rest of our lives, we have the great privilege of sharing the message of the gospel with children who have probably never heard it before.
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard?” – Romans 10:14
There are many secular foster homes that can monitor and facilitate the care of children. There are many secular foster homes that can provide a safe place for bruises and broken bones to heal. But as Christians, we alone can offer the power of the gospel. We can provide something infinitely greater. The question is, will we?
“Jesus bears with him power to heal; this is His honour and renown. He has the eagle’s eye to see our sicknesses, the lion’s heart bravely to encounter them, and the nurse’s hand gently to apply the heavenly ointment; in Him the three requirements of a good surgeon meet in perfection” – Charles Spurgeon
This blog entry is part of a 6-part series on foster parenting. To view a list of all the videos and blogs available in this series, please click here.