The New Face of the Orphan
Dictionary.com gives this definition: A child who has lost both parents through death, or, less commonly, one parent. Oxford dictionary says: A child whose parents are dead. What if I told you these definitions are wrong? Dead wrong, in fact. Let’s look a little further so we can ‘undo’ our frozen perceptions of orphans. We typically think of an orphan as a child whose parents – both parents - have either died or permanently abandoned them. While this is sometimes the case, this is not the most common situation for orphans. As we’ll see, most “orphans” actually have one living parent and are typically living with them. In any case, these children rarely see their parents and typically do not get to experience life as part of a family. You see, orphans have been around forever and, most likely, will never go away. Until the prophecy of Malachi 4:6 comes to fruition, we will always have orphans among us.