Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Wow, what a powerful little sentence. And how many times have I ignored it.. Not because I am cruel but because, I don’t want to get involved.
Hear me out…
How many times have I seen children being yelled at over something so simple or minor. In the grocery store one day, I witnessed a case of verbal abuse that shook every nerve in my body. Did I say anything on behalf of that child? No. I thought it would be best for me to just walk away.
Funny though, while teaching, any student of mine who spoke of any hint of abuse verbal, physical, emotional… I stood by that student regardless. Perhaps, it was my duty as a teacher. Well, the law says I must report it. And I followed it to the letter. But what about that child in the grocery store? Why didn’t I say a word?
Some of you may be thinking, well, the mother may have had a bad day. And you are correct. But, the cursing and the demeanor of that mother was frightening to me. I can only imagine how that child felt. The Bible tells us to point out the errs of our sisters and brothers. So, why don’t I do it in every case?
I admit there have been times that I screamed at my kids. Felt horrible afterwards, but if someone approached me and made me aware of my mistake the focus would most likely be taken off the child or I would settle down and beg forgiveness.
I don’t think I would have approached that mother with her attitude but with an attitude of love. I would have rather the focus or brunt of her anger be towards me, an adult, who most likely could handle it than on the child.
I wish I could turn back time and approach the lady. Nevertheless, I can pray for her and hope for God’s grace to protect the child.
Well, my friends, I hope you have a great day! God bless…