By Tina Chandler
Nearly every Sunday for the past several years, I have witnessed the selfless diligence of two sisters. These ladies are willing and able to take in a new friend at any time. Each sister is a foster parent. Between the two of them, there have been several adoptions and more fosters than I can count. They provide shelter, food, care, structure and love. They show no preference for one child over another – regardless of just how long their friends are with them.
For the past year or so, I’ve been feeling the tug myself. My job doesn’t allow me the time for a baby, something that my body tells me is also impossible (way too old for that)! But, still, I have watched in awe as these ladies go through court hearings, evaluations, rebuilding the children that have parental visits gone wrong. I cannot imagine (and will never pretend to) know or even begin to understand what it takes to foster children. Every time I think about it, thoughts of separation anxiety, withdrawal, a sense of loss, uncertainty and a gut-wrenching feeling of complete loneliness overwhelm me – and that’s how I think I would feel each time a child would leave. I just don’t know if I could go through that or want them to go through that. Maybe wanting to protect children from those feelings is exactly the reason to foster.
I don’t think being a foster is for me – way too many other things in my life right now. But I am in constant awe of these two sisters and the countless other angels willing to take in the lost, the unloved, the unwanted, abused and neglected – it’s a beautiful thing to know that these angels exist! They truly live to Be the Blessing. These sisters have taken up the cross of defending the orphans!
Isaiah 1:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Learn to do good;
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.