Thought for the Day: I have always been deeply troubled by this verse of scripture, though sadly it is a reflection of many people’s reality. King David just learned that Amnon had raped Tamar. David was the king, the most powerful authority, yet his anger did not result in any action. How many people have experienced violence, including those who have survived violence at the hand of a family member or significant other, yet found no help or support from the very people who should have responded? Oh sure, some of the perpetrators of violence might be scolded or read the riot act, but no real consequences. This must never happen! Every person has sacred value and should be treated as such. No one should ever experience emotional or physical abuse, yet too often people are made to feel as if they deserved it. Northwest Assistance Ministry reminds us that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and today, they are inviting us to wear purple to show support of survivors and in memory of the victims. NAM has an amazing program, including a Hotline (281-885-4673). Thank God for these programs that provide safety, advocacy and support, even when the King David’s of this world do nothing.
Prayer: Gracious God, let my life give witness to the immeasurable value of every human life. And where someone is not treated with the respect and dignity deserved, let my voice and actions provide a clear picture of your thinking on the matter. Amen.
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