For much of our 40 years of marriage my husband and I have had opportunities to make a difference for members of our extended family. Sometimes it was simple, sometimes it was complicated, sometimes it was temporary, sometimes it was a commitment of many years. But always, we felt God moving in each situation.
In the past few months, we felt a strong leading to intervene on behalf of a young child’s custody issues. We both spent time praying about the situation, and were confident that this was part of God’s plan. As we moved forward and shared our concerns we had strong family support, while other family members were quite oppositional. We asked several people to pray with us, and God granted us peace in this situation.
Today we met with family members and caseworkers. We knew there were conflicting minds. The meeting started with caseworkers giving us details of policy, then they left the room allowing the family to hash it out. In only a few moments it was clear that all hearts were in agreement regarding this child’s future. This was an affirmation of God working, changing minds and hearts. All of us love this child, and I felt blessed to see God working and affirming care and concern for this child.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an unexpected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Contributed by Joe Lynne Rader, Silverton Friends