Touch is something we often take for granted. Hug a friend in greeting. Hold hands as we pray. Rock a little one to sleep. Lean against each other for warmth or support. As members of a family, or a friend group, we usually have as much physical affection as we want (some of us more than we want, although I’ve yet to reach that point ).
Orphans have the same need for touch that we do, but sadly far less access to it. Caregivers are busy keeping them fed, clean, and safe. Their hands are often too full to hold the small fingers reaching out to them. So whenever the children have the opportunity to cuddle, they take advantage of it.
The closer they can snuggle, the more they can nestle against us, the better they like it.
Sometimes there aren’t enough laps to go around, so they make the most of the laps available.
Other times even therapy is welcomed, as long as loving arms are part of the package.
Naptime is never quite as sweet as when it can be taken resting against a loved one.
And of course hugs and kisses are the very best things of all!
Thankfully, they always have their “brothers and sisters” at the orphanage to love and support them…
…but we know that’s not the same as a family. As wonderful as friends are, they cannot replace the safe and loving arms of a mommy and daddy, which is what these children really want. Truly, it’s the same thing we want, which is why God promises in Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is a dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Are we willing to do that? Are we willing to open our hearts and arms to one more child, and touch their lives forever? Can we put aside the comfortable known, in order to embrace the sweet unknown that is these little lives?
I pray that one day each of these children would know the secure love and affection that comes from having a forever family. They will give just as much love (if not more) than they receive.
First John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.” Will you love one of these little ones?