In just a brief perusal of the news, I came across these headlines.
A man hugged girl, 7, at soccer practice, then killed her.
Oklahoma mother is arrested for starving five-year-old daughter.
Father is arrested for death of Malik Drummond, Searcy two-year-old missing since 2014.
The youngest victim of sex trafficking in the Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ files is 2 years old.
California domestic terrorist was a victim of childhood domestic abuse.
The world is covered with tragedy of every kind, but no acts of violence are as devastating as violence against innocent children. I could find thousands of headlines like these in any given day, and that should leave us bowed in grief and shame. Is it not possible for humanity to care for her children? Can we not find ways to protect children from lethal violence?
The short answer is that we have not done so yet. We have not put a stop to the murder and abuse of children. May God have mercy on us.
I take a slight bit of liberty with the Biblical text, but I will strongly affirm that if anyone harms a child, “it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”
Let us join our hearts and hands to do whatever we can to create a safe place in the world for all children.