Working in the social services field I see daily the many opportunities that exist to love thy neighbor. One of these opportunities is to provide a home for a child in need. There are thousands of children who are in need of healthy, nurturing and loving homes.
These children are our neighbors. We often can’t tell a foster child just by watching them walk down the street, but they are right here in our communities. Many of these children have experienced physical, sexual, and verbal abuse from their primary care takers. They have often been denied a love that promotes growth and wellbeing. These children are hoping for a home that will protect them and care for them.
When I think about the concept of love thy neighbor, it brings to mind the idea of paying it forward. When we have been blessed because someone has provided for our needs, it becomes our responsibility to share that kindness with the world – to pay it forward to someone else.
May is National Foster Care Month. This is the perfect opportunity for us to reflect on the kindness we’ve received in our lives and consider how we might pay it forward.
You can read the story of Odell and her foster son Jordan here. It is a heartwarming example of how one woman has shared her blessings by providing a safe, nurturing home for a child and the incredible impact it had on his life.
Perhaps you are ready to do the same for a child in need. Or maybe you will share this story with your neighbors, to help us spread the word about our need for foster families.
However you decide to love your neighbor, we will keep that kindness alive by paying it forward.
To learn more about becoming a foster parent, click here.