In his book Radical, David Platt says, “We learned that orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.”
When I read this book years ago, I believed this statement, and my belief terrified me. I was also relatively certain that I would never be part of a category of people who held orphans, and sadly, that gave me relief from my fear. I knew that if I ever met an orphan, ever held one, that everything would indeed change. I knew that and feared it, but slept comfortably at night in desired and blissful ignorance. I didn’t want my world to change.