Yesterday, our church family observed "Orphan Sunday" two weeks late. We didn't wait because the issue was unimportant. We waited, not only to finish a prior series I had started on marriage, but also because we wanted to do this right.
The more than 150 million orphans deserve at least that much.
What does this crisis have to do with the church? It would take a book rather than a blog post to answer that question (and if you want to read a good one you can find it here!) Our Gospel is itself a story of "alien children" formerly cut off from a God who through Christ welcomes us into His family as His own. But yesterday, we spent a Sunday looking at the story of Joseph--the adoptive father of Jesus.
Most of the time when we speak of Joseph, its in terms of what he didn't do. That's not bad. The Scriptures teach, and we believe, that Jesus had no earthly biological father. But often in the midst of rightly affirming Mary's virginity and thus Jesus' uniqueness within the human race, we forget that Joseph was his father.