“Amen I say to you, unless you become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Happy Sunday My Friends,
Look at those little faces above. While some of them look rather exuberant, the others seem to be saying, “What are these adults doing now? Can’t I just have my bottle and go to sleep?” What these little faces are showing us adults is patience. And within their patience they are showing us their perseverance in patience as they get dragged around, dressed up, and taken on excursions never knowing where they are going and what they will be doing. And yet for the most part they take it all in stride and totally surrender their little lives to our discretion and care, never questioning our motives, our plans, our desires, but just rolling with the punches day in and day out totally oblivious to their own wants. They trust us totally and rely on us constantly to provide everything from dry diapers, clean clothes, warm food and drink and a roof over their heads. They never question us, they simply follow our lead always having total faith in our direction. In their childish innocence they surrender their lives to us.
There are times in our work at Joseph’s House where we truly wonder how in the world a situation will resolve itself. The complications and hurdles facing a mom and her child many times seem insurmountable. A fundraiser may fall flat, or a grant request given hours of attention may not be bare fruit. We may be excited by a mom doing very well when she unexpectedly decides to leave us before she is ready, making us question ourselves and what we do. We may send out emails in search of support and never receive answers. Important meetings may be cancelled, expected funding may not come through. All in all, at times this joyful work can be as frustrating as any job on earth and the expressions on our faces might resemble some of the faces of the little ones above as we wonder, “What is God doing now?”
As is true with all trials and disappointments, our setbacks make us stronger and our failures make us more resilient. We learn from our mistakes and have come to comprehend along the way we are called to extreme patience, unprecedented perseverance and unconditional surrender. We are called to never question Our Lord, but to simply follow His lead always having total faith in His direction. In child-like innocence we are called to surrender our lives to Jesus Christ.
We have seen first-hand the results of this three-tiered PPS formula in the founding, opening and recent milestones of our mission. We have seen the results as more moms graduate our program and succeed independently. We have seen the results in the growth of our Exodus program as last year’s vision has come to fruition this year in so many ways. Mostly we have seen the results in the numbers of moms and little ones calling us family and loving us because we are always there for them. We see the results in all those coming to visit us and in all those who continue to learn from us, still grateful to us years after their departure.
Our moms have told us often, “I want what you have” and what we have is God. What they want is the patience, perseverance and surrender found when we put Him first in our lives and give Him our free will. We are working day in and day out to teach them this truth while helping them understand they are loved, cherished and adored by their Creator. We are working to help them understand no matter how many times they might fall, God is there and Joseph’s House is there to pick them up, dust them off and give them a fresh start.
Patience, perseverance and surrender make us childlike in the eyes of Our Lord in Heaven and we will continue to be little children to Him, as the ones He sends to Joseph’s House will be little children to us. PPS is the formula producing the miracles of Joseph’s House, and it can be the formula to change your life and all the lives of those you know and love. Work diligently my friends to be patient, to persevere and to surrender. You will fall in love with the result, and the result is God!
God Bless you always!