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“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” Hebrews 6:10
Serving at the Children’s Shelter, I can’t help at times to look at the children and feel bad for them. They never asked for this life. They did nothing to deserve to be in this situation. How can someone’s parents do this to them? The questions just go on and on. But at the end of the day, I go home. These things, these circumstances, these children have always been seen to me as “other people”, meaning these things only happen to other people, not me. Everyday my heart hurts for the hurting and I pour myself out for them. But once again, at the end of the day I go home.
On March 23rd, my life instantly became like the lives of the “other people,” as one of those things that only happen to others was now happening to me. Our son, Jamison, was born with Down Syndrome. And even though this child is still loved and a blessing in himself, I was still heartbroken. I wrestled with God. I wondered if He had overlooked me. After all, I surrendered my life to Him and have devoted my heart to show love in serving His brokenhearted and now I am the one brokenhearted. I have always wondered what it was like for those whom I served, never once thinking I would become one of those who need to be served. The life I had envisioned for my son was over, and my heart would never feel whole again. Yes, I loved my child but the pain could not be denied.
As I returned back to work after my time of leave, I threw myself back into work and I looked around. I looked at the faces of these children I serve and realized these were faces who now had hope, who now felt loved, and who now were on the road that leads to feeling whole again. I realized at one point they too had seen others as being “other people” only to soon become one of them just as I had. But I saw in them that the love of God through the serving of His saints was enough to heal any broken heart. Ministers spend their life pouring themselves out to others, and in return need to be served in the same way. God has not overlooked me; in fact, he knew that Jamison was exactly what I needed. He knew my love for the hurting and knew my need to be loved in return. As I watch these children overcome their situations and make strides towards success I realize that with God all things are possible and that my dreams for my son, Jamison, do not need to be mourned but rather worked towards. If these children can smile, my son will also be able to smile. If these children are receiving hope, then I too could rest on the same hope. God does things that we might not always like, but He does them knowing it might just be the exact thing we need. Sure, my family will face certain struggles, but the Children’s Shelter is an example that struggles can be overcome by the love of Jesus. Now I don’t just serve at the Children’s Shelter, I allow the Children’s Shelter to serve me as well. My family with our two teenage nieces living with us, two parents who have overcome addiction, one son with down syndrome and another teenage son living in another state may be “other people” to you, but it is our story which is covered by the love and strength of Christ and can overcome anything thrown in our way. I can honestly say this – we are truly blessed by serving others.
-Written by Jamie Scher, the Director of our Children’s Shelter