Today is Blue Sunday.
It is the last Sunday in April, set aside for praying against child abuse.
I hope you will join us today, or any day you choose, to pray for protection of children.
(If you need prayer, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page, and I will pray for you.)
There is child abuse in every country in the world.
In the U.S.A. alone, there were 3 million cases of child abuse reported in just 1 year.
–Jesus said, “And anyone who welcomes a little child on my behalf is welcoming me.
But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,
it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck
and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:5-6)
This gives us an idea of what Jesus thinks of child abusers!
Many abused children grow up angry, or withdrawn and afraid.
They have low self-esteem.
Some of these children grow up and become child abusers, too.
This is so sad, that even knowing how awful their life was,
they cause the same pain to other children.
Some abused children end up in prison.
Some abused children are able to grow up and become good parents and role models,
but their road to health is long and hard.
They would not grow up well, unless some people show them love and caring.
They need to know that God loves them,
and that there are some safe people in their life.
For those who find love, you can see the results of God working in their lives.
Some had enough people to love them, either as children or as adults,
and they grow up and heal to be able to help others.
Both Joyce Meyer and Beth Moore (speakers and authors),
talk about being abused as children.
They are examples of those who grew up to help others,
and also to teach about love, and about God.
Joyce Meyer says, “God always had a plan for my life, and He has redeemed me. He has taken what Satan meant for harm and turned it into something good.” (see Romans 8:28).
To read Joyce’s whole article and for more information on her life and testimony,
Go to her website.
Joyce also has a prayer team who will pray for you if you request it.
Beth Moore also addresses her difficulties growing up as an abused child.
She has written several books about how to get healed,
and moving past the pain with God’s love and forgiveness.
I have read so many of her books, but I would suggest two in particular to be helpful –
We live in a sinful world, with much pain and evil.
Children are born innocent and helpless.
They need and deserve our love and care, and protection.
God help us if we do not provide this.
We can all encourage and care about children in our family,
in our neighborhood, in our schools, and in our church.