This month I feel we should pray about: the sacredness of families
Families can be troublesome. Not all of us get along with everyone in ours, but they are also the center and heart of our society…even if ours is far away. Our parents may not have been everything that could be desired (well, except for my mom, who is a saint. ;-) But they are our parents, and the Bible tells us to honor them.
This week, someone showed me a news story that I first thought must be a urban legend. So I was shocked, upon looking it up, to discover the story was real. Fran Lyon, a 22 year old English woman, who is a promising scholar and the daughter of two teachers, is going to have her baby taken away from her the moment it is born. The reasons? According to a doctor who never met her, the fact that she had some mental problems when she was 16 – after being raped – means, that she might develop a syndrome that would make her claim the baby was ill to get attention. (You can see the young woman speak at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90q5kXlOW_g )
Worst of all, the proceedings about this are held in a secret court – something that is apparently growing in England – and she does not necessarily get to speak for herself.
According to the British news articles I read, this is only one of numerous seizures of children (one article suggested that there had been around 1000.) The general feeling expressed in the articles is that there are not enough healthy English babies for people seeking adoptions, so now children are being taken under flimsy pretences.
Things are not as bad in America, but I have heard two recent cases of Child Services being called on people who are perfectly good parents.
To me, this indicates a need for prayer. God puts families together, and while there might be reason to break a family up in cases of proven, repeated abuse, to break up a family for any other reasons is to violate the sacred trust God gave to them.
So, let us pray for families and children in general, but also for this young woman and her child in particular, that God's will be done! (And also for the soul of the father, whomever he may be. The fact that he is not in these articles and has not stepped up to marry the young woman, or at least offer to take his child, does not speak well for him!)
Related Bible Passages:
“And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son
And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.”(Geneses 22:9-13)
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)
“Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord;” (Jeremiah 31:16)
“Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.” (Psalm 107:41-42)
“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13)
“Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.” (Isaiah 66:9)
“ Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)