Our CEO walked in last week and handed me his phone. He said, “Read this.” It was a text from one of our cottage parents about some of our boys. It was spring break and the residential team had taken the kids to Washington, DC. Standing at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, some of our younger boys had met a veteran and listened to his story. While they were talking, the cottage parent looked down at one of the youngest boys and tears were streaming down his face.
By the time I finished reading the text out loud to everyone else in the room, I was crying too.
I think what struck me was the picture of this little kid, living in a group home, trying to make sense of all that has happened in his life…and he was standing there crying over someone else’s story.
Every time I think about our kids, I think of this verse in Micah,
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
It’s such a reminder to me that no matter where I’ve come from, what’s happened in my life, or what I think I’ve suffered, there are others’ stories that need to break my heart.
The testimony in this is that I need to have the heart of that little child. I need to keep praying for God to break my heart for what breaks His. For the injustice and the cruelty, for the fear and the hate, for the indignities and the suffering.
For it’s only in the broken heart, that I can act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.
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