The Sting of Abuse

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!     

          ~ 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music. 

          ~ William Stafford

     I became aware of a situation this week that unnerved me.  A friend of mine shared a concern about a child she knew.  Brilliant little boy, parents not together, Fred (not his name) has some issues with personal space.  This resulted from his mother abandoning him, and then re-entering his life, or trying to.  That was hard, but it got harder.  While his parents were together, Fred’s mother was sexually abusing him.  He is in second grade now and all of this happened before he began kindergarten.

     Yesterday, during the “Minute for Mission,” I was thinking about this little one who is so gifted with words, so bright with life.  I was thinking about how much God loves Fred.  Then my dark thoughts turned to his mother.  I was so angry with her!  And with reluctance, I remembered that God loves her too.  Very probably she was a victim of abuse when she was small.  She carried this with her into her own parenthood.  If something or someone doesn’t intervene, Freddie may turn to the same form of abuse.

     Jesus swallowed up that sin in his triumphant death and resurrection.  He sees all of us sinless and blameless.  Because through his eyes, we are whole and healthy.  

     When I pray for this little one, I must remember to pray for his mom who is God’s child as well.

Today, please pray for people who are sexual abusers, and for the sexually abused.  Plunge them into God’s mercy and pray that God helps them into a new, healthier place where death has already been defeated and where the last word is Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Because of Him,


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