I listened to a song my husband was playing on his music system.
The words go,
As I was slowly passing an orphans home today
I stopped for just a little while to watch the children play
A lone boy standin’, and when I asked him why
He turned with eyes that could not see, and he began to cry
I’m nobody’s child, I’m nobody’s child
Just like a flower, I’m growin’ wild
No mama’s arms to hold me, no daddy’s smile
Nobody wants me; I’m nobody’s child
In every town and village
There are places just like this
With rows and rows of children
And babies in their cribs
They’ve long since stopped their cryin’
As no one ever hears
And no one there to notice them or take away their fears
Written by Cy Coben, Mel Foree • Copyright © BMG Rights Management US, LLC”
Nobody’s Child sung by The Travelling Wilberys
This song was written back in 1949 when orphanages were common. They were set up to care for children whose parents had died or had no one to care for them. Some children were given the opportunity to be adopted into a caring family. The above song describe an orphan’s situation clearly.
When my husband was in China, he visited an orphanage. Most of the children were girls. With China’s one child policy a boy was preferred to a a girl. Many girls were left abandoned in streets or fields. The children lay in cots that were lined up along the wall. They had long since stopped crying because there wasn’t the people to give extra time to them. They were fed and given shelter but were given no extra attention.
Brendan picked up one little girl and nursed her. Half of her nose was missing. It had been eaten by a rat when she was left abandoned. This little girl was blessed. She was going to be adopted by an American family.
I take comfort from God’s word which says,
““See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 18:10 NIV
If there weren’t human beings to minister to these children, the Angels would help.
I have felt perplexed and dispairing when I hear of such stories. I chose to be open to have children and give them the necessary care as far as I was able. A little child starts out in life trusting those around him. When he cries he calls for food and comfort for his discomfort. If the child has parents they will see to his needs.
There are not many orphanages in Western countries today. Contraception is accepted to control how many children a couple have. Immorality has increased. If anyone has an unwanted pregnancy, abortion is available. A test is offered to mothers to see if their baby has any abnormalities. If the baby is found to have an abnormality an abortion is offered. I do not agree with the world’s idea to solve the problem of unwanted children.
I have travelled in India. On the back of lorries and on bill boards I read the caption,
“One plus one equals one.”
This idea has caught the imagination of the people in India. Their thinking is to have one or at the most two children.
I believe in Jesus, and as I read in God’s word on page two of Genesis, it says,
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.””
Genesis 1:27-28 NIV
I choose to believe that it is God’s will for a couple to be open to have children. A child is a blessing from God, the fruit of the womb a reward.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”
Psalm 127:3 NIV
My husband and I chose to be open to have children. We have reared fourteen. God has been faithful to help us to this day in our work of looking after our flock which has increased to eight wives and husbands and nineteen grandchildren.
I wish that people would choose to believe in Jesus. He is the answer to people’s distresses and the need for children to be born and cared for.
Jesus took a little child and taught his disciples, grown men, a lesson. He said,
“And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
Matthew 18:3-6 NIV
If one receives a child he is receiving Jesus and Jesus will help. I believe.