Now I Can Sing
By Guest Author on March 14th, 2012

“I’m STUPID!” five-year old Danisha* said to me with angry enthusiasm. Danisha was then living in a foster care residential treatment facility with a number of other children. As I sat with her amongst a group of the other young ones, I could see anger in her eyes. Her whole body tense.

Danisha was angry because I had told her how precious she was. How much Jesus loves her, how He made her, how she’s His daughter. With each statement, she denied it. “No He doesn’t. No He didn’t. No I’m not!”

”He does love you…He made you so beautiful!” That seemed to push her over the edge. “No I’m not, I’m stupid!” was her final response, her head down.

My heart broke. I tried to reason with her…“That is not true! He loves the way He made you, the way He made your mind” “Oh, Father,” I prayed out loud, “Reveal the depths and heights of Your love to this precious little girl. Open her heart to receive it.”

Danisha’s little face was full of despair. She wasn’t convinced that I was speaking truth. That the enemy lies. I felt such strong love for her. I knew the Lord fights for her! He fights for her to believe truth.

So we all fought for her, too. We prayed intensely for this little girl who has experienced only abuse, abandonment and pain. We asked for revelation of love. For healing. For joy. And the Lord answered.

Two weeks later, Danisha asked us to color a picture for her. She asked us to draw Jesus holding her hand. To write “Jesus loves me. I love Jesus. I am His daughter.” She asked us to draw her whole family…all of them holding hands, connected to her, connected to Jesus.

  Not many days later, I was again visiting the group home, leading the children in singing “Jesus Loves Me.” One child’s voice rang out loudly among the other voices. I was both surprised and filled with joy when I looked to see that it was Danisha who was singing out “Jesus Loves Me” so loudly and confidently. We had never heard her sing like that before. This precious miracle girl lifted her head up to us and said “Jesus changed my voice. Now I can sing!!”

I am in awe of this God who is a Father to the fatherless. He is close to the brokenhearted. He saves those who are crushed in spirit. He gives beauty for ashes and leads prisoners out with singing! (Ps. 34, 68:5-6, Is. 61:3)

“When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me.” (Ps. 27:10)


Bethany Hackmann

* The names of people have been changed to protect the innocent, and any similarities to actual persons are merely coincidental.


March 14th, 2012
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