“If you could have the perfect family,” asked Barbara Walters on “The View, “What would you like?”
“Anyone who will love me,” replied Davion.
All of his life, he’s been waiting for a family. For fifteen years he’s lived in foster care. Waiting. Praying. Hoping. Now he decided to take matters into his own hands.
After searching for his birth mother in June, He learned she had recently died after serving time in jail for petty theft and drug use. The teenager, whose full name is Davion Havar Henry Only, has publicly asked for someone to adopt him.
Last month, with the help of his case worker, Connie Going, he stood in front of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., and made a public plea for a family.
I’ll take anyone,” Davion said. “Old or young, dad or mom, black, white, purple. I don’t care. And I would be really appreciative.”
“If you can, Davion told ABC News, “Reach out and get me and love me until I die,”
“I’m praying and still hoping,” he said. “I know God hasn’t given up and I’m not either.”
The word of the week is Family.
Our family has been together for Thanksgiving in the Tampa Bay area, where Davion lives and is seeking a family. Our time together reminds of those things that Davion is missing and seeking. Shared memories. Familial affection. Unlimited forgiveness. And unconditional love.
The Bible says a lot about family. From the patriarchal period to the Mosaic dispensation, family was central to the Hebrew culture. The father’s role was paramount. Jewish women longed to have children. And the children were constantly reminded of who they were. Abraham’s descendants. A holy people. God’s family.
In the New Testament, family relationships are emphasized. In fact, Paul compares the relationship of Christ and the church to the husband-wife union in Ephesians 5. Submission. Love. Loyalty. Respect. Devotion. Compassion. Tenderness. And honor are all qualities God wants us to develop in our families. The importance of family is reflected in the qualities required for God’s Leaders that shepherd his people. And the fact the one of the metaphors for the church is “the family of God” speaks to the sacred nature of the family and it’s intrinsic value.
As we move from Thanksgiving to the Christmas holiday season, may we be grateful for the blessing of family. Thankful for this God-ordained relationship. And cherish the kinship that so many long for, but lack.
Oh, and Davion? His heart-breaking story generated over 10,000 emails and phone calls of people interested in adopting him. We pray that by now he’s on track to enjoy the blessing of a family that God desires for all of us.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman