When I was working in youth ministry, I met many fellow workers in the field. It was such a great group of people who had a heart for God, a heart for youth, and a support to one another. I admired them individually in the many ways they lived their faith. Today, among all the Father’s Day messages on social media, I came across a post from one of the youth ministers. In the past year, he and his wife have become foster parents and he is now “Dad” to 3 young men who are refugees from Africa. He didn’t expand on the details of their lives saying, “Their personal stories contain too much loss, suffering, resiliency and miracles to note them all here.” This morning, I was surprised and disturbed to hear Steve Bannon say, “…the Catholic church is one of the big instigators in the open borders and the pope has been driving the migrant issue…” In sharp contrast, I was in awe of this one youth minister who has taken it upon himself to make a difference in the lives of 3 young men who were in a horrible situation through no fault of their own. He said, “…no matter on which side of the aisle you reside, I ask you to contemplate that our world is in need of daddies and mommies for domestic and international children who need a physical, emotional and spiritual home, maybe it’s yours…” That is the faith I know – one that loves others best as we can, in the place we are, regardless of their situation. I was so grateful for this post and the reminder of the God I love and serve.
I Found God today in the words and loving life example of a new foster father.