For Such A Time As This

June 3rd, 2010

By Chad A. Parker, LSW
Executive Director of Residential Services

Esther 4:13 – 16 says, “Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. 14For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? 15Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

Wow! The account of Esther moves me every time I read it. The simple thought that God has placed us where we are as a key component in His plan. And just like Esther, we have doors of opportunities that open up, and our decisions can mean life or death for those around us. This is true in our Christian walk, as we take hold of and obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), but another example tops my thoughts today. What about the houseparents of Tupelo Children’s Mansion?

They’ve come with a purpose and with a calling. And, most of all, they’ve come with love.

Satan had a plan to destroy these precious children, but because of Tupelo Children’s Mansion, they have a new hope! However, the buildings and the programs can’t save these children, it’s the work of the precious people who take these children under their wing and minister to and nurture them. These great people were placed in the kingdom for such a time as this!

They’ve made great sacrifices, both personal and professional, to come and establish a family unit for the children in need. They’ve come with a purpose and with a calling. And, most of all, they’ve come with love.

We ask that you pray for our houseparents each day!  Lift them up through prayer that God would grant them wisdom and strength. They have indeed been placed in the kingdom for such a time as this!

For more information on houseparenting at Tupelo Children’s Mansion, please contact Brad Laughlin at bradlaughlin@mansionkids.org or myself at chadparker@mansionkids.org.



 

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