Monday, November 15, 2010
Someone You Know Needs Help
How often does violence go on in the homes of those we go to church with? Between dad and son, preacher and his wife, children and their mother...? Have you known children that are unusually quiet around their parents, who are all the time very subdued and withdrawn? (I do..)... or wives that have a "beat down" attitude or that don't talk much? (I do.) Sometimes it makes me wonder. What really goes on behind closed doors? What about that husband who is so insecure that he takes out his frustrations by forcibly abusing his wife and family because he can't control anything else? Or the parent who mocks their child and tells them they they will never amount to anything because their hair is too long or they want to listen to certain kinds of music? I believe those bruises not seen (although I know there are actual real bruises on their bodies at times) are way deep in the hearts of the victims. What can we do when we are pretty sure we know abuse is happening but we haven't actually seen it? What can we say? What can we do?