AUGUST 21

Are You My Mother?

Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. PSALM 27:10, NIV

Many of us have read the old P. D. Eastman book Are You My Mother? to our children. But not many of us have had to grow up asking that question over and over again, to one person after another, growing increasingly convinced that no one was . . . or at least no one wanted to be.

Yet that was life for Mattie. Born to a substance-abusing, unmarried teenager, she fell out of the nest at an early age after police stopped her mom's car and found drugs inside. Both Mattie and her sister were placed into state custody and deposited in foster care. When the last family decided they didn't want Mattie and her sister anymore, she finally decided—somewhere between eight and nine years old—that the mother she longed for was nowhere to be found.

That was before Jenifer came into her life. With a family already bustling with two sons and a daughter, it would have been easy to ignore the nudge she and her husband were feeling from the Lord to adopt. Life was complicated enough without adding a new dynamic and personality type to the fold, with all the potential baggage the child would likely be bringing with her.

But somewhere a little girl was toughening her heart against a question she had grown tired of asking—"Are you my mother?"—only to be told no every time.

Mattie's life is now filled with safety and stability and camping in the sum-mer, with an extended family gathered around to give love and support to a young girl and her sister who once had neither. "I thank God every day that I was adopted," she says, "because now I know who my mother is."

DISCUSS

What could you and your church do to help orphans?

PRAY

Pray for orphans in need . . . and for godly men and women who need to come to their aid.

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