by Mike Ratliff
Lamedh. Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies. I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad. (Psalms 119:89-96)
My son-in-law, Brian, has an aunt and uncle who are foster parents. Over the last several years, they have been attempting to adopt a child who has been in their care since she was an infant. Both of the natural parents are unfit due to criminal behavior. In the foster parents' attempt to adopt this child, they have somehow antagonized some of the DHS social workers who are managing this case. The natural father continually has to go to court to stay out of jail. However, these social workers have fabricated their cases to deny this fine couple the joy of adopting this little girl time after time. This very day a judge in Oklahoma gave that child back to the natural father even though he may be going back to prison soon. Naturally, Brian's aunt and uncle are devastated. DHS has threatened to take away the rest of the children they care for if they challenge this ruling saying it would be retaliation. It is always amazing to me how far the incompetent will go to cover their tracks. People let each other down. People are only marginally faithful.