Sunday, November 8, 2009

Orphan Sunday

Today is Orphan Sunday. I don't know who designates days and weeks and months to specific causes or issues. Because, really, orphans are orphans every day.

Every day, there are about 143 million kids who live as orphans - meaning whether their parents are alive or dead, they are not in the picture. 143 million children with no "night-nights," with no "I don't care if you don't like it, I'm your Mommy and I said so."

Every day, 143 million kids walk on this planet, knowing that if they skin their knee there's no one to run to with dramatic weeping, searching for kisses.

143 MILLION kids who don't know what it means to "love you to pieces."

That's a lot of kids.

Not everyone can adopt. Not everyone should adopt. It's not like buying a puppy or sponsoring a child, even though it seems to be the hip, Hollywood thing to do.

But, today, everyone can acknowledge that there are 143 million orphans in this world. We can acknowledge the facts, take in the reality, and remember the faces.

Today, one of my kids is an orphan. But, someday - he won't be.


Dad said...

And I am praying that day will come very soon.

Kirsten said...

It's overwhelming when you really stop to think about it. I hope your baby comes to you soon!!

Naomi said...

That is a huge number. I am hoping that your little one knows today the warmth that you are just waiting to give!!

One of my brothers is adopted and I have a special place in my heart for those little ones who struggle to get through a day without a mommy's kiss ... hoping your new addition's chance comes SOON!