Practically each and every individual I know in this field has expressed anything related. Fellow adoptive and foster parents. Nonprofit leaders. Social workers. Church ministry leads. Committed mentors.
“It’s gorgeous. And it is genuinely, genuinely tough.”
Every story is distinctive. But anytime we come close to to our world’s hurt, we will share in its discomfort.
Anytime we come close to to our world’s hurt, we will share in its discomfort.
It is been that way for me and my household for certain. Practically all our experiences in this realm – from international adoption, to neighborhood foster care, to top a ministry – each and every have brought some of the most hard moments of our lives. The death of a kid we’d come to dearly like. Endless nights of broken sleep. Aching to watch a teen mother fall back into addiction. Exasperating government systems. Friction and strain in marriage.
But these tough points are not the entire story, either. Not by a extended shot.
Alongside them came a lot of of the sweetest moments of our lives as effectively. Feeling God’s embrace as our church neighborhood wrapped about us in grief. Unexpected help from people today we hardly knew. Playing with the wee toes of a newborn for the duration of nighttime bottle feedings. Unparalleled friendships forged in adversity. Seeing our older kids develop as they join in serving. The matchless thrill of seeing stunted lives starting to blossom.
Somehow, this realm brings with each other the planet at its worst and the planet at its very best.
So opening ourselves to all this genuinely comes down to deciding what we want most from life. If it is comfort or stability or handle, we’d very best head in the opposite path. But if what we want – what we genuinely want deep down in spite of our fears and misgivings – is life to the complete, each the genuinely great and the genuinely tough together…well, I suspect there might not be a greater spot to locate it.
That is what the Apostle Paul wanted. Each the genuinely great and the genuinely tough. It wasn’t that he liked receiving shipwrecked and beaten and that sort of factor. It was that he knew he couldn’t hold one particular without the need of the other. So, he mentioned, “I want to know Christ and the energy of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering.” He knew they came only with each other.
“I want to know Christ and the energy of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his suffering.”
That is why the theme of CAFO2019 is, “In Brokenness & Beauty … It is Properly.”
This reality will be woven all through our entire time with each other in Louisville, from the speakers and worship…to deep-dive workshops…to coffee shop conversations. Alongside the studying and understanding, we’ll discover with each other how joy and heartbreak, hope and sorrow come intertwined. We’ll name the truth that when we open our lives to hurting kids, we expertise each the delight of participating in God’s restoration…and “the fellowship of sharing in His suffering.”
And amidst it all, we’ll recall how we can nevertheless say, “It is effectively with my soul.”
For the reason that this is the life, we do most need, in spite of its costliness. For the reason that our Savior embraced it as well, on our behalf. And, most of all, since even in the darkest moments, we know that the potent hands of our loving Father are beneath and above and all about us.
“In Brokenness & Beauty … It is Properly.”