there's someone at the front of the church,
and i am lost in my own world,
completely ignoring their words.
someone else steps up and
begins his speech,
i try to focus
he speaks of children in our communities,
lost and alone,
children whose parents
don't care much what happens to them,
or are too busy,
or too poor,
parents who probably weren't parented themselves,
just continuing the cycle
of separation from
he tells of his organization,
mentoring these children,
giving them attention,
showing them kindness they
he asks for volunteers,
people willing to donate their time
to dedicate themselves to
who will show these children something
they have never
and i feel sad.
is this what we do now?
focus on the children,
forget the parent?
how much better if we taught the parent,
if we loved the parent too,
if we showed them how
to love their children
by showing them
couldn't we bring a family together,
parents and children,
instead of tearing them further apart
by building a love/trust relationship
with the child
the child who is desperate for
who will focus their affections,
on the mentor now,
instead of their parents.
i think of it again
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers
and why can't this be our focus?
turning them to each other
i watch people sign up in droves
to be mentors,
and i quietly ask Him,
give the church a heart for the parents too...