At 8am on Monday, February 13 my phone rang. It was the young woman we call our Foster Daughter. “We have no where to sleep tonight.”
“We” means Foster Daughter, her husband, and their 5-month old baby boy. And she’s pregnant.
“Yes, you do have a place to sleep. See you tonight. We’ll get the whole story later.”
Some background: Foster Daughter came into our lives when she was 18. As she was of age, her mother was no longer providing her with a place to live. However, she was still in high school. How could she work enough to pay for a place and still finish school?
We had spare room–both one with a bed and in our hearts. So she moved in for about a year until she finished high school and a CNA course and could at least minimally support herself. So, she was never legally a foster child, but we don’t know what else to call her.
She and her husband were busy doing the “young and poor” thing when the rental home they were in was sold, and they received notice to move. They thought they had a new place lined out, UNTIL MOVING DAY, when it was suddenly not available. Her mother has never been particularly reliable, and his parents turned them away because they “didn’t have room.” So, they called us.
Low-cost housing is difficult to find, so we knew this might take a while, but how could we turn them down?
At Christmas we all read a story about a young couple who was turned away because there was no room in the inn. People often say, “How could you do that? Couldn’t you find some space SOMEWHERE?” Also, there is scripture about “I was a stranger, and you took me in.”
I am just simple-minded enough to believe that when Christ asked us to do these things, He really meant it. Thus, the reason my life has been busy lately.
They moved into their new place today. The house seems empty tonight. But, my heart is full of gratitude for my many blessings, one of which has been sharing our lives with this young family.
This blog will return to the regular program of quilting and such soon, but sometimes one has to make time and space for life as it really happens.