We received some very encouraging news last night. Family court ordered our little Safe Families buddy (and his brother and sis) to be released from foster care into the custody of stable extended relatives. This is a huge development, opening the door for some beautiful possibilities:
- The kids are together and back with people they know.
- Under serious, real-life pressure, mom and dad seem more ready than ever to make some positive changes in their lives.
- Each Safe Family is being invited to act as an extended support structure for the parents and kids as they work with the Department of Child Services to try and move forward.
- We’re hopeful that we’ll able to see our little buddy again soon.
(If you don’t know the whole story, get the full details here).
I want to thank so many of you for praying (even with such sketchy details). We watched God respond to our cries for protection, peace, and restoration. He really does react to our sincere petitions, even when we can’t physically touch the situation ourselves. And I don’t think He’s done yet.
I also want to remind you of the most important thing I’ve re-learned through this whole mess:
When we protect ourselves from feeling pain, we rob ourselves of experiencing redemption.
I’m not always sure where the boundaries lie, but I know we have to embrace the tension. God really can make the crooked places straight. But to experience that miracle, we have to be willing to walk on treacherous roads.
For us, that meant intentionally going to find one.
Please keep praying for this beautiful family. I see hope.