NOW THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ONE:
Long before #metoo
, when I was 10 years old I was molested for 2 years until I was 12 by a family member. He was 21 and had been raised to disrespect women and treat them like pieces of meat by his Father, Grandfather and unfortunately Great Grandfather. Without knowing what I had done, I told my Grade 7 guidance counselor about it and immediately it was out of my hands. An hour later I was in the back of a police car and being taken to Station 15 on Mariette in NDG (now Station 11) in Montreal for my statement. Now despite 2 years in court, a bull dog Crown Prosecutor (she will forever be in my mind and heart), telling 100% the truth, he and his $750/hour (so we were told) defense attorney hired by our family plea bargaining 3 times, he got off scott free. In fact the last time I ever saw him was shortly after the verdict, driving in a car as the passenger with a bunch of our family laughing like a hyena, looking pretty cool with his arm out the window and right hand on the roof of the car (another image seared into my mind). They couldn't make me out to be the bad one who had solicited him so they went after my Mother and defamed her.
MORALS OF THE STORY:
1. The justice system is perfect...when it works.
2. Bad guys don't always get brought to justice in this world.
3. Molestation and rape is very real.
4. If a 12 year old girl from one of the toughest backgrounds with no self-image can stand up for what's right and face evil then any of us can do the same. (FYI the Crown Prosecutor would tell me stories of two and three year olds who had been violated to inspire me to keep going when I didn't want to anymore).
5. I like most police officers: the police officers who picked him up told me that they "misplaced" his paperwork so he had to spend a little more time in lock up. At least there was that.
6. WITHOUT LAW AND ORDER THIS WORLD WOULD BE COMPLETE CHAOS.
#molestation #rape #metoo #strong #healed #restored #itsnotonlywomenwhoithappensto #justice #lawandorder #adventurefamily #adventuregirl
Oh Lord, why is my heart so [pre-]occupied? Why do I involve myself in matters too big or lofty, things too difficult for me, too complex for me to grasp, the many things that defy my ability to understand them? There is one thing for certain I know I am in desperate need of: that my soul would quiet down, be calm, become fully content within me. That like a child resting on his mothers lap, I would truly rest in you, composed and free from all discontent. Oh soul, your time has come to completely trust in your God. Wait with all hope, for him. Yes, settle down and settle in, in him, once and for all, now and always. [Psalm 131: Voice, AMP, MSG, TPT, NLT]
THE SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Malachi 4:2 – “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of #righteousness
arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” The sun rises each morning and sets every night without much ado. But the amount of value it adds to our day is mind blowing. The sun drives away the darkness and makes our day brighter. The rays of the sun kill germs and aid healing. Sunlight nourishes growing plants but the heat also withers plants that don’t have healthy roots.
The mention of the Sun of righteousness in today’s verse refers to Jesus Himself. Much like the sun, Jesus drove away darkness on the cross and brought us into the light. By His stripes we are #healed
. When we nourish ourselves in the Word of God, we grow to be more like Jesus. On the other hand, we will wither up if we’re not consciously growing in Christ.
Much like the calves in the stall that increase in strength as they grow up, so do we need to feed on the Word of God and grow in His likeness. When the stall door is open, the calves jump out, joyful and free. So are we #strengthened
in the Lord to go out into the world, free from our chains and filled with the #joy
of the Lord.
It’s very hard to accept how others treat you when it hurts you and you not want to forgive. But wishing them pain won’t change them. Remember you once cared about them, so instead of wishing harm or hurt, wish them to be #healed
because hate, jealousy, bullying, meanness all comes from some form of #pain