Friday, June 19, 2009

Court Countdown - FRIDAY - The "Wait-ers"

Today, our prayers are centered not so much on a factor that will directly impact court, but rather on the individuals who are most affected by the court decision. Most importantly, court will affect our boys (whether they fully understand this or not!)

They have been living for approximately four months in our agency's transition home. There are close to 100 children living there. While our agency does a remarkable job providing loving care, nutrition, and stimulation, there are still many challenges. We pray for the boys' health and development as they wait. Additionally, we pray for their emotional health. They have faced so much in their young lives. In the last few months, they have lived in at least 4 different locations, cared for by different people--often strangers. It is possible that A's closest friend at the transition home has recently or will soon leave with his forever family. Beyond all this, we recognize that the boy's will face tremendous stress whenever we are allowed to go get them. We will be taking them away from all that is familiar! How much loss they will have to face in their young lives! We pray for God to pour out his grace and provide them with skills of adaptation and strength for the transition.

Furthermore, we pray for patience for the current Tapper family as we wait. Abby woke up yesterday morning and came downstairs for breakfast. All of a sudden, she looked to me with wide eyes and asked, "Did we pass court?" I assured her that we had a few more days to wait. How precious to see her earnest excitement about bringing home her new brothers! We know that this waiting time is growing our faith and molding us into the people God wants us to be. We pray that God's perfect peace will surround us in the coming days. Whatever news we hear on Monday, we pray that our response would glorify our God greatly.

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows--this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
Psalm 68:5-6 (NLT)

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Psalm 112:6-7 (TNIV)

1 comment:

Helen said...

Praying for all of you today. We love you very much!