Compassion Month: A Letter to God on Behalf of the Children

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I’ve avoided writing this letter to you all day. I started it a million times in my head but just stopped because it’s hard to say.

You made me God. You created the mama’s heart in me. You know how the smile of a child and the light in their eyes can completely turn my heart upside down. Thomas’ laughs and giggles as we wrestle in the floor rank in the Top Ten of your Gifts to me so far.

Do you remember Mattie? Today’s assignment has me thinking about her. I wanted to take her in as mine so badly God. She just needed someone to love her. Someone to be her mommy–and to stay her mommy when it got hard. But it wasn’t in the plan for us. We weren’t really in the right place and time to be what she needed. Thomas was already a little life inside me even though I didn’t know it. You had a different plan for us. But what about her? It’s hard for me to grasp why she was born 3rd in a line of 5 to a mom who couldn’t take care of any of them with all sorts of attachment and developmental issues but Thomas was born to two parents who love him and are abundantly blessed both spiritually, emotionally, and financially to care for him.

I don’t get it some days. most days. Why you choose to bless me so much when there are others who just need a drop.

I’m trusting you Lord. I’m trusting you with Mattie because I have no idea where she lays her head tonight. I will probably never know this side of heaven. But you know. You know every hair on her head. And you love her more than I can possibly fathom. I ask that you make that love real to her Lord. Make your presence known in that sweet girl’s life. Bring her to yourself like only you can.

This wasn’t supposed to be a prayer for Mattie, but a prayer for the Compassion children. I don’t understand that either Lord. If I’m honest, it’s easy for me to trust you Lord. I have never lived in want. I’ve always had a full belly with more food in the cabinet. A closet full of clothes to choose from. A sturdy roof over my head. You’ve been faithful and then some Lord.

But then I look at these children and their families, and I read about their struggles Lord. And I don’t understand. Why would you choose to give me so much excess when they live in so much need? I know to whom much is given, much is required. I’m learning. Help me please. Help me see what needs to go so that I can give. Help me to not only understand but to take action. To change.

I know at least one thing to be true. You love them. You love them so much. Your word talks over and over again about your heart for the poor, the widow, the outcast, the orphan. That’s how I know when I ask you to do this next thing, that you will do it. You will do it because you love them.

I’m begging you to bring your manifest presence down on the work of Compassion and in the lives of every family involved in that ministry. I pray that you will completely blow the roof off of the goals set by Compassion. I’m asking that you do such great and mighty works that all we can do is sit here and glorify your name because only you could make such wondrous things happen. I struggle to pray specifics because I don’t even really know what to ask. I ask specifically that sponsorships and donations come in abundance. I pray specifically that you will draw these families unto yourself–that men, women, and children will come to know you as Lord and Savior. I ask that sponsors would be burdened to pray for and write to their children diligently and consistently.

We are joining together in prayer this week. To petition you on behalf of these children that you created in your image. These children that you love. Rain down on them Father. And rain down on us. Show us where we need to sacrifice so that they can live.

I praise you now for what you will do. You are the one and only true God. All Mighty. All Powerful. All Loving. You can do anything.

I ask this confidently in the name of Jesus Christ.

Amen. Let it be.

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  1. Alicia Bruxvoort says:

    I, too, have never really known need. I grapple with the injustice of this world where God’s gifts are so unevenly distributed.. then He whispers, “I’ve given you much so you can give to many.” And so I’ll pray with you and try to unclench my hands a bit more. I don’t understand His ways, but I do know He can take our small steps and do big things! Stopping by from Ann’s today

  2. Beautiful… beautiful….I’m so blessed to be a part of this blogging mission with you and other awesome Compassion Bloggers! Thank you for sharing and linking up! Bless you sis!

  3. Rain down on them indeed. Simply beautiful.

  4. Wonderful to see how God is answering this call for sponsorships. As the sponsor of a Compassion child, and other children through some other fine organizations, I thank ((YOU)) for your commitment to spreading the word. You make a difference.

  5. Thank you for letting me join you in prayer. You acknowledge the unknown questions. I appreciate that.

  6. I found myself praying with you!! Thank you for writing your heart.

  7. Mary Beth, wow. Wrote my girl in Peru today and I wanted to go on and on. So challenged by being bound by distance when i want to embrace her. Praying God gives her a holy embrace tonight. Love this prayer. Its a privilege to serve with you as a fellow Compassion Blogger.

  8. I loved this, friend. Your heart spilled in humble surrender. Prayed with you, for Mattie, for you, for His children, and especially for my own Compassion children…

  9. Theresa @ Heavenly Glimpses says:

    This is a beautiful, heart-felt letter. We do sponsor a child. Thank you for encouraging and inspiring me to embrace that boy even more!

  10. Wow! Your prayer left me in tears. This has led me to start praying for the other children.

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