Happily Ever After

17 Jul

“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever.”  This closing line of the Lord’s Prayer, as applied to orphans, is more than a benediction or a happily-ever-after. Rather, it’s everything and always.  Worthy sovereign constancy and eternal consistency .  These qualities make God the epitome for defending the fatherless in all and forever.  God exemplifies these qualities as we acknowledge His power and glory.  It is what our Lord harnesses to fulfill the purpose of His kingdom.  These are the strengths that the fatherless search for because their lives have usually been ravaged by uncertainty, turmoil and moment to moment emotional vacuum.

Possessiveness.  In young children, when it relates to things, it appears as simple selfishness.  “Mine!” screams a two-year old as a toy is jerked away from a younger sibling.  We easily learn how to hold onto things very tightly.  However, in time, we begin to learn to share.  Begin.  With Holy Spirit influence, we come to desire to learn that things are not as important to hold onto as the feelings of others in relationships.  That progression happens because those in authority influence us to rise above what is natural to our flesh.  A selfish child, never disciplined (influenced), will not magically learn to share.  More likely, a child possessive of things will become a young adult possessive of relationships.  Under parental influence, first, and Holy Spirit influence, finally, “For THINE is…” slowly replaces “For MINE is…”  We release our grip on things and hold tighter to the relationship with The Defender.

So what happens when selfish possessiveness fails to be replaced with God-dependence?  What would become the mental fabric for orphans deprived of the necessities of life or even the necessities for quality of life if no one influenced this change?  Maybe in life circumstances, they are not starving to death but just going to bed hungry most nights.  Maybe, they are not dying from water-borne diseases, but just too sick to go to school and get a ticket out of illiteracy.  Maybe, they are not dying because their parents and all adult relatives are dead from HIV but just have a 10-year-old brother or sister to provide for them and be their constancy and consistency role model.  Maybe , their role model is an older friend who is a prostitute.

A token number of 1000 survivors of the Holocaust death camps were brought to the USA after WWII.  An incident from this story recounted an event depicting human nature when it is deprived of a necessity for life–food.  When food was introduced for the first time to this group on board a transport ship, there was uncontrolled pandemonium as people hoarded more food than they could possibly stuff into their shrunken stomachs.  Deprivation produces possessiveness beyond the basics necessary to accommodate present need.  Not from selfishness, greed or malice but from unquenchable self-preservation.  If we apply this human nature concept to orphans where, “For mine is…” has never been influenced or even partially modified, just what would we guess would be the natural consequences?  Just maybe, it would be possessiveness beyond the basics necessary to accommodate present need.  Would it not be prudent to expect such victims to struggle with issues of relying on depending on others for the necessities of life?   And would they not also struggle with issues aggressive self-dependence?

God weeps over the deprivation of the fatherless because He knows how their lives have been ravaged by uncertainty, turmoil and the emotional vacuum mandated during such times of survival coping.  He knows how they long for stability, strength and dependence.  He knows that for many, they will aggressively adopt self-dependence as a protective mechanism.  Reliance will be a life long battle with choosing excesses beyond what is necessary to accommodate present need.  He knows for them to understand “forever and always”; for them to be able to pray, “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever”, He will need to provide people who are defending the fatherless to influence their lives and be their role models.  For happily-ever-after to happen, even for the chance for it to happen, these orphans will need empowering.

That needed empowering comes from the Holy Spirit working through those who have learned to pray, “For THINE is…” not “For mine is…”.  Through Holy Spirit filled lives they will learn that in God-dependence, risk is gone.  They will give the controls over to Divine intervention.  Having experienced the influence of the Father through the Holy Spirit they will hope to be an influence for that same Holy Spirit work in another precious one endowed with life.  These Kingdom people have struggled with the letting go, have found the hope in victory and have found the peace in “For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, Forever!”

Forever.  God, knows that “everything and always” are very difficult concepts for His children to wrap their finite minds around.  Especially in surrender.  Society’s definitions of “everything and always” seems to become more relative with the passing cultural fads.  All of us struggle and hope to embrace for ourselves, and then pass along to those we hope to defend, the eternal consistency and worthy sovereign constancy of a Father God sacrificing everything, or of a Father-God, loving always.   We progress from risking dependence on a defender (mortal role model), to risking dependence on The Defender.  Finally we accept reliance on The Defender.  Forever, as a reference to the future, has meaning because of the people of “everything-and-always” from our past.  Possessiveness transformed finally becomes dependence and that transformation is made easier because of role models in our lives. The process of letting go of things for the sake of human beings is foundational to sharing hope with hearts.

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