Saturday, 7 January 2017

Yet Another by Susan L.

  There's been an explosion in men coming forward regarding childhood sexual abuse at the hands of one man. The perpetrator, an ex priest and boy scout leader, has already served time because of a 1994 conviction. There was an agreement made at that time regarding future discoveries of any further crimes against boys. He could not be tried for similar allegations.
  This was part of an arrangement to get him to plead guilty to the charges against him. He served a twelve year sentence.
  So far there's been an additional 150, yes, one hundred and fifty, men who have come forward. More are speaking up each day, seeking help. A support group for the victims of this one man has been formed.
  These recent allegations will never go to court if the agreement stands. Lord, I pray that one of these men doesn't take the law into their own hands.
  I don't pretend to understand the motives of a pedophile. I know that 99.9% of the time they were victims of sexual abuse as well. Not that this justifies their choices. Or excuses it.
  It's hard to find grace for men and women who target vulnerable children.
  It's hard to find forgiveness for those who breach our trust.
  It's hard to find love for those who make the choice to abuse our most precious resource.
  Lord, help me find compassion for those who abuse, who steal and crush innocence. Help me find a prayer in my heart for them.
  Lord, be with the victims. Wrap their brokenness with Your love and acceptance. Help them find healing through each other and through You.
  These things I pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
  "And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." Lk 5:30-32

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