One thing we love about being foster parents is the fact that the Gospel regularly comes alive in front of us. Since the first day we took children into our home we have continually expressed our love to them and reinforced how important they are to our family. The three youngest were pretty quick to reciprocate love back, although never encouraged nor expected. The oldest child, the boy, has been the most guarded with his words of affection. And then, sometime around Christmas he began writing us little notes. Each note simply said, “I love you” or “I love you so much”.
These notes are his way of sharing his heart.
Reading these notes and watching all of this unfold we are reminded of our own lives and the spiritual conflict we have had with accepting God’s love for us. And yet, regardless of our response, God has always affirmed His love and affection to us. Gradually, over time we came to a place where we began to affirm our love back to Him. It wasn’t overnight, but it took time, trust, and experiencing God’s pursuit. Similar to the process it has taken this young man to understand we love him with no strings attached.
In our opinion, the beauty of foster care is the opportunity we have to love deeply, regardless of any return of affection. To put ourselves out there day after day to love these children and affirm their importance not only to us, but to the world as a whole. Much like God has always done for both of us.
Simply, the Gospel has come alive within our home and for that we are humbled and thankful.
***The note above is his most recent one. I walked in from work this afternoon and he was very excited to give me the note he had painted earlier in the day.