Many kids in America returned to school yesterday after Christmas break. I was thinking of them on my way home from school and felt prompted to write a post to petition for prayers.
During break many kids have been subjected to abuse or exposure to an environment of triggers without the sanctuary of their school. The stress of the holidays often accelerates abuse. [Read more on this.]
Pray for discernment for the teachers and staff who will interact with these children that they will be sensitive to the nonverbal clues and soft words they may use to seek an escape. A child may use all the courage they can muster to utter a word or make a sign of abuse visible. If it is disregarded, they may feel ignored or trapped, never again able to find the courage to try exposing their oppression and pain again.
Pray. Pray. Pray!
We hear news stories and wonder how no one knew. Pray their silence can be broken now and forever.
Pray for the social justice system for families. They are overloaded with cases and often have to deal with those that are most critical. Pray for their strength and endurance. Pray for others to be called to help them in their work and to chose social work as a profession, despite the challenges and lack of financial compensation. Pray for this to change as well.
This will be a quick post because I don’t want my words to distract from the message. Prayer is simple, yet powerful. It can be done constantly. Let’s band together to lift this in prayer today to help repair the breach for those in need.
Pray for families who want to foster to overcome obstacles preventing them from becoming certified to care for these at risk kids. The system needs more safe homes for respite. The goal isn’t to permanently remove the kids but to repair their families whenever possible. Pray for these kids to remain with their siblings during the trials.
Most of all, pray for healing.
Pray they can overcome what has been done to them.
Pray they can redeem their pain by helping others rise above their abuse.
Then when you do call out, “My God, Where are You?”
The Eternal One will answer, “I am here, I am here.”
If you remove the yoke of oppression from the downtrodden among you,
stop accusing others, and do away with mean and inflammatory speech,
If you make sure that the hungry and oppressed have all that they need,
then your light will shine in the darkness,
And even your bleakest moments will be bright as a clear day.
The Eternal One will never leave you;
He will lead you in the way that you should go.
When you feel dried up and worthless,
God will nourish you and give you strength.
And you will grow like a garden lovingly tended;
you will be like a spring whose water never runs out.
You will discover there are people among your own
who can rebuild this broken-down city out of the ancient ruins;
You will firm up its ancient foundations.
And all around, others will call you
“Repairer of Broken Down Walls” and “Rebuilder of Livable Streets.”