Not Forgotten

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"How was school?" Ryan's foster mother asked cheerfully as he shuffled in.

"Fine," answered Ryan, avoiding her gaze. He hurried to his room and shut the door before throwing himself on the bed. Ryan was dreadingMother's Day. His class was doing a project to honor mothers, and it embarrassed him. Hot shame washed over him as he recalled how some of the kids had made unkind remarks about his family.

Hearing a knock on his door, Ryan sat up quickly. "Come in," he called.

Mr. Grady, his foster father, entered the room. "How about a nice, fresh, chocolate cupcake?" Mr. Grady asked as he perched on the edge of the desk. Ryan shook his head. "Want to talk about what's bothering you?" asked Mr. Grady.

"It's nothing," muttered Ryan, but he couldn't keep a tear from trickling down his cheek. He brushed his eyes angrily and burst out, "Why was I even born? Nobody wants me!"

"God thought you were special when He created you," Mr. Grady said quietly. "He still thinks so, and we do, too."

"My other foster family got rid of me," Ryan mumbled, "and even my own mom or dad didn't want me!"

"Ryan, Mrs. G. and I are glad you're with us," said Mr. Grady gently, "and you need to know that God wants you, too. He always cares about you, even when people hurt you."

"How do you know?" Ryan asked doubtfully.

"God proved it by sending His Son Jesus who thought you were worth dying for. We talked about that, remember?" asked Mr. Grady. Ryan nodded. "Trust in Him, Ryan. The Bible says God will never leave His children." Mr. Grady put a hand lightly on Ryan's shoulder. "Want to look up some of God's promises with me?"

Ryan sighed. "Okay," he agreed.

"How about coming along to the kitchen and having a cupcake while I get my Bible?" suggested Mr. Grady.

Giving Mr. Grady a tiny smile, Ryan followed him to the kitchen.

How About You?
Have you been hurt by someone you love? Do you think nobody cares about you? Jesus does. He made you special, and He loves you so much--even more than moms or dads ever could. Trust in Him. But perhaps you aren't lonely--you have loving parents. Thank God for them--especially for your mom on this Mother's Day. If you know someone who doesn't have a loving parent, be sure to show Christ's love to that person.

Today's Key Verse:
They (mothers) may forget, yet I will not forget you.
(Isaiah 49:15 )

Today's Key Thought:
Give thanks for mothers--and for God's care