I was in the back yard working in my garden. Grace was beside me throwing a fit because she wanted to go for a walk instead. Then a van pulled into the parking lot close to our house.
It was a couple from the neighborhood who I’ve seen/heard fighting often. This fight was no different. My daughter stood staring as they screamed at each other. F-this! F-that! God-d here & there.
Grace just stared.
“Hey!” I shouted, “Watch your language! I’ve got a 1 and half year old over here!”
They significantly lowered their voices and moved further away from my house. I was thankful, until I could hear the woman going at it again.
“I can still HEAR you!” I yelled at her.
And that was when she screamed at me, “F#@K YOU, B$&@#!”
I was just about to call the cops when another woman came outside and told them they needed to get out of her parking lot. They left.
I was left shaken.
I don’t hear language like that very often. When I do, it certainly isn’t being directed at me!
I started crying. Not because my feelings were hurt, but because…
This is an ugly world and no matter how hard I try, I can’t protect my daughter from that.
Earthquakes & Tsunamies
Rape & Abuse
Poverty & Hunger
Cancer & War
Liars, Bullies & Broken Hearts
I can try to protect my daughter from all of this for as long as possible, but I can’t protect her forever. Apparently, I can’t even protect her from the ugliness in my own back yard.
Fast forward a couple of days and I’m walking into church…
A song is playing that touches my heart in a deep, deep way. The chorus says:
No weeping no hurt or pain
No suffering You hold me now
You hold me now
No darkness no sick or lame
No hiding You hold me now
You hold me now
And that is when I remember and rejoice that this is our temporary home. This is an ugly world, but it isn’t my forever. Better things are waiting for me. I start crying again, but this time it is tears of joy.
Thank you, God, for the sacrifice that you made this Easter weekend so that I could be saved from this ugly world. You hold me now…
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