Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3
Courtesy of NBC Philadelphia 10 News
What would possess a mother to abandon her 21 year disabled son and then go be with her boyfriend in another state? According to news reports this mother allegedly left her quadriplegic son in a wooded area with no food and just a blanket and Bible from Monday of last week until he was discovered by a good Samaritan on Friday.
This was the news story this past weekend in Philly. My blood was boiling but then I had to keep in mind that all parents are not loving or caring.
Which brings me to remember a situation I ran into with another abusive parent.
Walking alone down the super large retailer’s aisle was relaxing. Even though the store was crowded, I just happen to be in the right section where I could not hear anything but the microphone announcing another blue light special.
Then, suddenly out of nowhere, came from this loud and aggravating voice screaming obscenities that stopped me and a few other shoppers in our track.
Looking into the direction of who and where the awful words were coming from and to whom the person was cussing out, shocked me and others.
Before I could blink an eye, this woman began shouting and slinging obscenities in the direction of those of us going down the aisle. Mind you, we all were minding our own business.
The next thing we hear is this woman screaming in our direction, “what the **** are you staring at? If you don’t want to be cussed out, you better mind your own damn business!”
Right then, I figure this woman had some mental issues. First, because she had threatened strangers who she didn’t know or probably cared to know.
Secondly, this woman was acting in this manner and knew she was dead wrong in using such foul language because we recognized that she had been cussing out her own child. A child who looked to be no more than three years of age.
The little boy appeared to be so acquainted with this horrific behavior that he just held his tiny head down and walked slowly behind this woman like a lifeless child.
To be upfront about this incident, I really wanted to slap the taste out of this woman’s mouth. But I didn’t. And I didn’t intercede on behalf of this child either. If I couldn’t do anything but report her to the store authorities, it just might have put this dreadful woman on alert. Nonetheless, I didn’t do anything.
Move the clock forward fifteen years later and I am wondering where is this child today? Was he able to find a safe haven? Or has he wounded up being hateful and bitter towards women? Or even worse, turned out to be a troubled young man or an abuser himself.
No one is aware of the answer to these questions but God, but I am praying now, that this young man found a way of escape.
After all is said and done, what I learned is that our young needs a way of escape.
I no longer look away…I act. Our young have to depend on adults who truly care and will look out for their well-being.
Christ has to be a child’s foundation. And I believe that the young man founded in the woods with his Bible knew he is loved by God and he is and he will always be.
Lastly, despite the thought of a parent abandoning and abusing their own flesh and blood…believers have to pray for them as well…for no one knows what is in the heart of man but God.
We are praying for parents who abuse and neglect their children
We know this act of wickedness and evil is not from above
But we intercede on behalf of the abused and turn over the abuser to You too
Please Lord, save the abused children and deliver their abusers from evil.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen
In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian
2015 The Year of Our Lord