Do you like to move? You know, the packing and loading and schlepping of all your stuff from one place to another? Moving can be exciting as you look forward to new adventures. But all the actual moving of your stuff is not exciting at all!
All my worldly goods have been in storage for the last six months…except for the basic necessities for daily living that would fit into my car. (That brings to mind some thoughts about all that other stuff in storage, but that may be another post for another day!) After boxing up and moving everything to storage, I stayed with my parents for the month of May. In June, I drove out to CO and stayed with my daughter and her family for five months.
At the end of October, I drove home to NC, staying in two hotels along the way. Stopped over for a visit with friends in Charlotte, my parents in Kernersville, and then on to my new adventure in Crossnore. I’m fortunate that my new job comes with a couple of places where I’m living right now. One is the house where we will be offering a residential program for college students and the other is in a campus cottage working with teen girls. Until I have college students in the new program, I’m working every other week in the campus cottage.
The bottom line is that at this point in my life I’m moving all the time. One week here…the next week there. I’m a master at how to efficiently load a Pathfinder for optimal capacity.
As I was moving back into the cottage yesterday to spend the next week with these sweet gals on campus, it occurred to me that this must be what it is like for many children in foster care. Oftentimes these kids shuffle from one foster home situation to another to a group home…maybe even back to their own family for a home visit or with the hopes that reunification will stick this time.
Honestly, it’s exhausting. The constant motion of packing and moving just adds on to the heartbreaking stories of families torn apart by crime, addiction, neglect and abuse. To live in this whiplash of moving for months and years is only possible because there are people working hard to give them the opportunity to break these generational cycles. Such support aids the resiliency of these kids as they pack and move and adjust yet again.
During this Advent season as we wait to celebrate the arrival of the Baby who would save the world, let’s not forget the babies of our world too. There are all manner of ways to help…
Consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Or simply donate to the programs who help care for these kids like The Crossnore School.
The writer of James says this,
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.James 1:27
The ones listed above are just my three favorite causes…there are other equally worthy groups out there who are working hard to change the lives of children and families and it doesn’t really matter which way you choose to help.
What matters is doing something…anything…to help. Before another child has to pack a bag and move yet again.
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