I Hope…

Every Wednesday night we hold a kid’s program at our church called Stampeders.  We usually get anywhere from 15-30 kids and most of them come from our community…the broken-up, rougher part of town.  I think it’s awesome that some of our church kids join us and we are all one big family these nights!  One thing I’ve noticed (and every other helper has too) is how many unconcerned or unaware parents there are in our community.  We have little kids that come without socks on in the middle of winter…or some are barely wearing anything (spaghetti straped dresses…thin PJ’s).  In my house growing up, I was made to dress up warm in the winter…it didn’t matter if I wanted to wear a certain thing out…I had to dress warm if I was going out of the house at all!  This wasn’t because my parents were mean, it was because they cared enough for me to make sure I was warm and that I wouldn’t freeze!  I’m not sure what some of these parents think when their kid walks out the door with no socks or with just their thin PJ’s on.

Then it makes me wonder how many of these children come from even worse homes where abuse & neglect is an every day occurrence…and that breaks my heart…and makes me angry.  I’m angry at parents who don’t think and/or don’t care that their child is worth the world.  I’m angry at parents who think they have a right to take something from their child like their innocence.  I’m angry & I wish there was something more I could do about their situations.  I wish more people would open their eyes and report actual abuse.  I wish more mom’s would say “that’s enough” to abuse and get their children out of the house.  I wish there was someone we could tell when a child comes without socks and that something would be done about it…I consider that neglect and a lot of times neglect gets skipped over because for some reason we forget or don’t want to accept that it’s abuse as well…sigh

Today I was listening to the Dixie Chicks (yes, “Not Ready to Make Nice” is one of my favorite songs and I sing it with all I’ve got in me, haha).  They have a song at the end of album, “Taking the Long Way” called “I Hope”.  This song is my prayer for children around the world that have to go through hell while we all sit back and try not to see it.

I HOPE

Sunday morning, I heard the preacher say
Thou shall not kill
I don’t wanna, hear nothin’ else, about killin’
And that it’s God’s will
Cuz our children are watching us
They put their trust in us
They’re gonna be like us
So let’s learn from our history
And do it differently

CHORUS:
I hope
For love, joy and laughter
I hope
We’ll have more than we’ll ever need
I hope
We’ll have more happy ever afters
I hope
We can all live more fearlessly
And we can lose all the pain and misery
I hope, I hope

Oh Rosie, her man he gets too rough 
And all she can say, is he’s a good man
He don’t mean no harm
He was just brought up that way
But our children are watching us
They put their trust in us
They’re gonna be like us
It’s okay for us to disagree
We can work it out lovingly

For I hope
For love, joy and laughter
I hope
You’ll have more than you’ll ever need
I hope
You’ll have more happy ever afters
I hope
And you can all live more fearlessly
And you can lose all your pain and misery
I hope, I hope

There must be a way to change what’s going on
No, I don’t have all the answers, but
I hope
For more love, more joy and laughter
I hope
you’ll have more than you’ll ever need
I hope
There’ll be more happy ever afters
I hope
We can all live more fearlessly
And we can lose all the pain and misery, we can lose all the pain and misery

I hope, I hope

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by garythepink on February 6, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Right on! hmmm. any time for blue sky thinking, a little prayer time, and perhaps looking for answers in Galations 2:10; James 1:27 ??

    We need a team of dedicated Christians to help these parents be caring parents. They need caring themselves, before they can impart that to their own children. Calvary soup and clothing/Sally Ann? anyone

    garythepink

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  2. Posted by Jean on February 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    I just got to thinking maybe it would be handy to have a small supply of socks and sweaters on hand to send these kids home with. I suppose the discouraging end of that is the people who might take advantage of it and send their kids every week with not enough to wear every week jut to get free stuff. But then again, it isn’t our place to be picky – we were called to love and clothe the poor…

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