You see, we have two biological children. Do I say, "two"?
Then we have three children that we lost through miscarriages. So, do I say, "five"?
We also have had foster children that we still love and think of often, even though we don't know where all of them are. Do I say, "nine"?
And recently I've been listening to the song, "Esther" by Sara Groves from her CD, "The Other Side of Something". She sings about a childless woman named Esther who has a passion to care for the children of Africa, so in a sense, she now has 2.4 million children.
Here are the lyrics to this song:
I have a picture of Esther and David
She is a young bride and he is a soldier
They didn’t know then that David was dying
They wouldn’t have children
Alone with a life time, Africa called
She went for the first time,
it grew in her heart
All of the children,
all of those children
Now Esther has 2.4 million children
She writes us and asks us to pray for them all
She’s compelled, she’s compelled by what she’s seen
And she tells us, she tells us do anything you can
To help, oh please help, there’s so much to do
And I’m just Esther
She visits her homeland, she fights with her words
She comes to the courts of the kings of the earth
Who don’t understand their inherited power
To answer her question