“Do You Know What Hurts More?”

By Chad A. Parker, LSW Executive Director of Residential Services As Christians, the infallible Word of God is our anchor, our very foundation.  We search His Word seeking for the many answers we need to live an overcoming and victorious life.  We study to show ourselves approved, seeking out our own salvation, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  One thing is for certain…our salvation is of the utmost importance.  As we look into the Word, we find our salvation is based on an interesting concept . . . Adoption! "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father" (Romans 8:14, 15). "I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:18). "God sent forth his Son, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ" (Galatians 4:4, 5, 7). "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. Beloved, now are we the sons of God" (1 John 3:1, 2). November is National Adoption Month! This month has been set aside to promote the cause of the fatherless, and to encourage families to get involved in what the Word of God calls “pure religion” (James 1:27).  November 7, National Orphan Sunday, was also Mansion Sunday across North America. http://www.mansionsunday.org/ Every individual and every church was given the opportunity to support Tupelo Children’s Mansion through prayer and finances. What a blessing this was for everyone! Let me share a story with you that will bring some realization to what I’m talking about.  Just last week, one of our young ladies was working through her past of horrific abuse in her counseling session.  As tears streamed down her face, she searched for the right words, and asked the counselor a question , “Do you know what hurts worse?” As the counselor was about to answer her, the young lady sobbed as she continued, “Not having a family at all.”  Through no fault of her own, this precious young girl was horribly abused by those who should have loved her, and now she is left with no family to call her own.  Thankfully, because of your prayers and financial support, Tupelo Children’s Mansion was there to give her a “home” until a family can be found for her. According the latest statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in September of 2010, there are approximately 423,773 children in the foster care system.  This does not include children in private facilities like Tupelo Children’s Mansion.  Is this really a government problem, or is this a CHURCH problem?  Will you be like Jesus and save a life through adoption?  Will you practice pure religion?  If circumstances prevent you from adopting a child, then you can still be a part by supporting Tupelo Children’s Mansion!  Together, we can make a difference for these precious children!  Don’t delay, start TODAY...https://mansionkids.org/donate.asp