November 8, 2016
A few years ago, I attended a presentation by professor, author and speaker, Leonard Sweet. He was addressing a group of mostly church ministers from around the tri-state at a Pastor’s Appreciation Breakfast hosted by STAR93 radio. The reason for my presence was to promote our need for foster and adoptive parents here at the DCCH Center.
What struck me so profoundly, though, was Mr. Sweet’s message. He spoke on the emotions of Jesus unveiled in scripture. He had us recall when Jesus, both fully human and fully divine, showed us his human side when he wept at the death of Lazarus. He never brought up laughter, but in my research, we are left to wonder if Jesus ever laughed. It is my belief that in his human condition he mostly likely did, although scripture does not ever record such an instance.
What about anger, Sweet, highlighted at least three times that scripture tells us Jesus became angry. Most people recall the time Jesus had his “Temple Tantrum” when he saw his father’s house turned into a market place. This expression of human anger is shared in all four gospels, Matthew 21:12, Mark 11:15, Luke 19:45 and John 2:14. His father’s house should be respected and used as a place of prayer. We all can be reminded to observe this expectation of Jesus that when we are in His house, it should be revered place of worship and prayer. Jesus also curses a fig tree in Mark 11:12-14 and in Matt 21:18-22, because the tree did not produce fruit. In my opinion, Jesus is no doubt telling us that we must be good Christians and we should be diligent to produce fruit by our efforts or less we be cursed as well.
In the presentation, I felt Sweet made my case to promote foster parenting and adoption. How can we not hear Christ’s admonition to care for the children, the orphaned and the helpless around us? I think we as good people, must allow and help the little children, and not hinder them, not lead them astray. We have a duty and a responsibility to come to their defense, nurture and help them grow in this life, to know and find their way, truth and life.
Last month, 303 children referred for foster care placement and we found a home for seven children. No typo here, only seven kids found a home through DCCH. One of the foster families shared with me how they wish they had more room in their house and more energy to care for more children. Realistically not being able to accept more children in their home, they offered to help us recruit more foster families. The mom shared that she just cries thinking that some children wait or that others are sent to foster homes with people that should not be foster parents.