The last two months have been a blur in many ways, partly because of our whirlwind adoption placement, after what seemed like a very long wait and then suddenly having a child become part of our family the very day we were chosen to adopt! Psalm 68:5-6 says that God is “5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land”.
Jesus cares greatly about widows and orphans and everyone who is lonely and without family. It is at the very heart of the Gospel. James 1:27 says, “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”. It is not just our job to pray, but to act when we have the power to act. Being pro-life is not just a political slogan: it is a call to live out the Gospel for those who follow Jesus. Each of us are not able to meet every need, but we can attempt to meet the needs we are able to meet.
There is also a need for us to continue reaching out to those who are lonely. Of course there are the widows and orphans, but also those who live alone, do not have family nearby, and even those we find difficult at times. The church, and each of us as individuals who make up the church, have a calling inherent within the Gospel to help people know what it means to have a family. As followers of Jesus, our family gets bigger, not smaller! Jesus invites us to invite all to be a part of His family and our family, though not all will accept. I challenge each of us that we will continue to be known as both a community and as individual congregations as being a place where you become family. I am so thankful Jesus accepted me and that others have accepted me as part of their families and as part of the family of God. Let us continually look for ways to include those that are broken, hurting, and angry, for Jesus will never turn them away, and neither should we.
Ed Kvaale pastors the Bowman Assembly of God