OLD TESTAMENT: “But thus saith the Lord …for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.” Isaiah 49:25
NEW TESTAMENT: “But Jesus said, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
When I came across a news channel on TV, I saw a husband and wife, the mother and father of a large number of children, pleading guilty in a court of law to abusing each and every one of their children. Later, on a different channel, the regular program was interrupted with breaking news, showing that a another husband and wife, the mother and father of a couple of children, had been charged with murdering them. What? For the latter situation, it had only been a few days before, that I saw them begging for the safe return of their children and pleading with whoever had taken them not to hurt them.
Mothers, this has to stop. When God blesses you to give birth to precious babies, he is not doing so for you to hurt or kill them. Mothers and grandmothers are born to nurture little lives, not to neglect them. How in the world can you hurt somebody that you have carried inside your own body for eight or nine months? That person is part of you, literally. Don’t hurt your children or allow anyone else to harm them; not your boyfriend, not their stepfather, not even their biological father.
Our two baby girls were most precious to me, and I fell in love with our granddaughter at the moment we were told that our daughter Lakesha was pregnant. We were there when our granddaughter was born, and now Sydnee holds an even more special place in my heart. I certainly wouldn’t harm her, and it would not be wise to let me know that any adult had hurt her; not one curly-coil on that head-full of natural hair that she has.
Sydnee’s happiness brings me joy. She face-timed her PaPa, telling him that she wanted to come up and stay with us this summer. So I have been preparing for her; not anything really grand this year but just for little experiences. I have found that those little moments make such big memories. Our granddaughter is growing up so fast. Her dad reported that she had gotten only one “B” and all the rest were “As” on her last progress report from school. And she is now wearing eyeglasses, pretty purple ones! I understand that the eyeglasses were prescribed because she has an astigmatism, like her mom, and nearsightedness like me. This grandmother doesn’t need another reason to love and protect her granddaughter, but if I did, this is it. I will always be a barrier between her and the lack of consciousness that roams the world today.
We have a month set aside to become alert and aware of child abuse. That month was last month. But just because Child Abuse Prevention month has passed, all adults, especially mothers, must always stay vigilant to protect our babies.