by Bill Peters
But I will protect the orphans who remain among you. Your widows, too, can depend on me for help.” Jeremiah 49:11 (NLT)
No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. John 14:18 (NLT)
God is concerned about the helpless and the hurting like orphans and widows. Our God is always sensitive to the innocent and unprotected who are unable to provide for themselves. God knows they will need help and He makes a point of sharing His concern about them many times in both the Old and New Testaments.
It is reported by one source that I read that some 15 million American children — one in three — live without a father. It is being demonstrated that children growing up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime. Fifty-four percent of U.S. teens 15-to-17-years-old do not live in a home with their married mother and father, according to the Fifth Annual Index of Family Belonging and Rejection released by the Family Research Council. Over half of American teens are about to enter adulthood without the tangible benefits of an intact family life.
The role of parents in a child’s life is an irreplaceable one. “Even when young children spend most of their waking hours in child care, parents remain the most influential adults in their lives,” writes Dr. Jack Shonkoff, a board-certified pediatrician who sits on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It has been shown that children of just one parent experience poorer academic achievement, more emotional problems, develop more conduct problems, establish low self-esteem, and have problems forming and maintaining social relationships. Many of these children are feeling the hurts of abandonment, are developing bad addictive habits to cope with loneliness and self-esteem problems, and have hangups in their lives that cause a disruption in their development.
We have a generation of young people growing up in our country with some kind significant hurt, habit or hangup because of lack of parental support. Divorce, abandonment, alcohol or drug addiction and co-dependency are in the equation of being broken for them. Jesus is the only answer for these issues. Jesus came to give people wholeness and He was the sacrifice for every kind of sin which is behind every hurt, habit and hangup. One remedy that a church can offer which helps adults, teens and children which are dealing with family brokenness is Celebrate Recovery. For the adults it is called Celebrate Recovery where people can experience the power of Jesus Christ to help them in a confidential and safe way in weekly meetings. With the children’s program called “Celebration Place” and the teen program called “The Landing” countless children and teens are being helped as they learn the principles and lessons of a Christ-centered recovery from the effects of such things as no father or mother figure in their lives.
You see, God does care and He provides help for those innocent orphans! Celebrate Recovery is a way to give struggling people of any age a way to find healing and hope through developing a relationship with Jesus Christ and walking along side others on the path of wholeness. Christ offers the only way and is the only one who can fill every heart with healing so each might know recovery and wholeness.