Love

Love is a beautiful thing.  Last Friday a lot of people around the world celebrated love on Valentine’s Day.  I celebrated a 9 year old’s birthday.  Can I ask why people only celebrate love on Valentine’s Day?  Shouldn’t it be celebrated everyday?

All my issues with Valentine’s Day aside (such as how it really shouldn’t be different than any other day as all people should be treasured and shown they are loved everyday), last week I saw a beautiful display of love, in a way different from most.

Last week welcomed a new child to the Beautiful Gate family.  She is less than a year old and very malnourished.  Apparently she’s been in the hospital for a while.

Her father was an older man and her mother passed away.  He realized he couldn’t care for his daughter and decided to give her up for adoption.  He loved his daughter so much that he wanted to see her well taken care of even if it meant he wasn’t the one to do so.

This man is a hero to me.  He realized he could not properly care for his child, so he loved her enough to allow her to have a family.  He realized he could not provide for her and that he may not be around for much of her life as he is older and life expectancy in Lesotho is low.

So often the stories around our children are ones that are heartbreaking.  This one is heartbreaking for good reasons.  Rarely does a parent release the rights for their children.  It takes a lot of paperwork.  Often our children are abandoned or orphaned by one parent or both.  When a child is abandoned, we may never find out who the parents are.  Often we may only know who the mother is, but not the father.

This love shown by the father is beautiful.  I am thankful to be able to witness it.

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
God settles the solitary in a home;
he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,
but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
~ Psalm 68:5-6
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