How long will they be abused? Mistreated by the ones who should protect them. Rejected by the ones who should love them. How long will they carry the shame of what’s been done to them. Of what they’ve done to themselves?
Human trafficking. Sex slaves. Assault. Molestation. Rape. Abandonment. Abuse.
Beauty defiled. Purity marred.
Do you hear their cries, God? Do you see them, in the dirty hovels, in the back alleys, in their father’s beds?
You must. How can you stand it God? When I can hardly contain the anger, the sorrow I feel. How can you stand it when your beloved child is robbed of her innocence?
And what are we to do?
What am I to say to the broken girl; in the mirror, across the table, on the other end of the phone, on the other side of the world?
How do I tell her about hope, when all she’s known is despair?
How do I tell her about love, when all she’s known is abuse?
How do I tell her about truth, when all she’s known is lies?
You love her, Jesus, don’t you? You love me, too. You love all of the broken girls. You don’t see us as marred, do you? You think we’re beautiful. Even with dirty hands and broken hearts.
The world says we are rejected.
You say we belong.
The world says we are marred.
You say we are whole.
The world says we are tainted.
You say we are pure.
The world says we are an object to be used.
You say we are of infinite value, and are to be treasured.
The world says we are damaged goods.
You say we are perfection.
Still it’s hard God. The lies are so loud. So deafening. It’s hard to hear the truth, harder still to believe it.
God, tonight, will you hold your girls? Will you tell us that you love us? Will you remind us one more time? We need to hear it again. Bring light into our darkness, Father. Breathe new life into our hard and jaded hearts. Break the chains that hold us. Give us strength to stand. To believe. To be free.
The broken girls
In case you haven’t noticed, my heart is very heavy today. Everywhere I look it seems as if I’m surrounded by broken girls, hiding in their pain, trying to cover up their shame. It makes me mad. And it makes me want to cry. I can only imagine how it makes my God feel. If you are a broken girl, can I remind you that you are loved? Can I remind you that you are beautiful? That nothing in your past or your present disqualifies you from being loved and accepted! He has loved you with an everlasting love. He doesn’t want you to stay broken. He wants to put you back together again. Will you let Him?