In the wake of the new movie that came out called Orphans, Tom Davis is trying to rally 500 people to write positive blog posts about how an orphan has impacted and changed their lives. I am more than happy to take part in this challenge. My life has not been impacted by ANYTHING else in as large and positive a manner as it has by orphans.
As far as the movie goes - it really should be rated like this:
Tom has asked us to simply open up with this sentence and finish it:
Warner Bros. new horror movie Orphan proclaims that it must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own. Let me tell you about how an orphan changed my life...Most of you reading this are pretty aware of the impact orphans have had on our lives. So I will give you a short list of how they have impacted me. Here is the first orphan that crawled inside my heart and changed me from the inside out:
Brighton Asher Hoffman lived for 76 days and touched me in so many different ways without ever getting the chance for me to touch him. He impacted so many people in his short little life - more than I ever will. I have the saved voice mail and email and text messages to show it.
He made me:
- Want to care more
- Want to give more
- Want to change for the better
- Learn to love like Jesus loves
- Realize it's not all about me
Meron Asher Hoffman came in to our lives shortly after Brighton passed away and she helped to partially heal wounds that hurt more than any physical pain we had ever experienced.
And anyone who doubts that an orphan can be chosen for you by God and know of your existence as their family and mother and father - I challenge you to look at this picture and tell me that Meron doesn't know what's going on. This was about 5 seconds after "meeting" each other for the first time:
She is staring directly in to her mother's eyes and she knows that God made a family for her from day one - He knew her in the womb and he brought her to the family she was intended for.
And here is Meron 3 weeks ago - no longer an "orphan" but a little 1.5 year old girl loving every single thing about life.
She has shown me:
- How to really pray
- How to get right back up after falling repeatedly
- How to smile... and mean it
- How to treat others
- How to love with no conditions and no holding back
- How to be a child of God and trust Him with it all
I just wish I could loan them my spirit, my soul, my heart and mind for a week - so they could just experience what these orphans have done to my life. My world. My spirit. My relationship with our awesome and loving God.
Back to the movie. With any luck it will be relegated to the B-movie shelf at the video rental store and will disappear from the mainstream quickly. But what won't disappear any time soon is the real horror - the true horror of the orphan. The horrific fact that there are 145+ million orphans in this world. That every day thousands of them are dying in Africa and other countries around the world.
That's the real horror. Now what are we going to do about it?