In our foster-care system today, many young children are left to navigate a maze of court hearings and new schools all on their own. Through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, volunteers take some of this burden on themselves, committing to advocating for the best interests of a vulnerable child (“About Us,” Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). Those with money and social standing can navigate the court system with relative ease, but foster children face incredibly difficult challenges that no child should have to face. This is the kind of advocate Jesus is—he doesn’t only hear the pleas of the wealthy or important. Instead, he stops in the middle of an important journey and takes the time to turn to a woman “trembling with fear” and so tenderly says to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you” (Mark 5:33-34).
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