A girl.

A girl, right on the edge. Barely hanging on to the last remnants of a broken childhood. She’s only nine, but already has seen and known too much to remain a child much longer. Her innocence is gone and her heart is hardening.

Have you ever wanted to just grab someone and run? To snatch them out of the situation they are in? To scream and shout that this isn’t right? This shouldn’t be!

But you don’t. You just carry on. You try to be her friend. As she looks at you with eyes full of distrust, occasionally you see a spark of hope, a tender smile peeking through the tough exterior.

Her fighting, name calling and mischief making cover up her deep pain. She’s angry at a world that couldn’t protect her, cherish her or keep her safe. So she’ll fight. She’ll be strong. She can’t show weakness, that would be unsafe; that would make her vulnerable. She’s been vulnerable before and she won’t go back there.

Can love break through this hard shell? Does anyone care enough to really get to know her? To walk with her? To be someone she can rely on?

“I hate God.” she says, looking to see if I’m shocked. But I’m not surprised. Why would she love God when all she’s known is pain?

Arise, LORD! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.

Why do the wicked revile God?
Why do they say to themselves,
“He won’t call us to account”?

But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.

Break the arms of the wicked and the evildoers;
call them to account for their wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.

You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.

~Psalm 10

Lord Jesus, we look to you right now. The most loving, compassionate, kind person to ever walk the face of this earth. Your love is miraculous. You heal the brokenhearted, you comfort those in distress. We ask that your Holy Spirit would surround this precious child. Protect her from harm, keep her safe tonight. Make a way for her to know your love, to experience your friendship, to understand that she is not alone. You will never leave her nor forsake her. I pray that your love would enter her life and transform her from the inside out, restoring what has been lost. Though the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, You come to give life abundantly! We ask for life abundantly for this beautiful girl.

Thank you for praying with me.

Amen.

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4 Responses to A girl.

  1. Amy says:

    Leslie, you are dealing with the same content just in a different country. My social work classes have thrusted me back into the world of Social injustice after years of being able to “ignore” it while raising my children. Man is it ever tough. I will pray with you tonight for this poor little girl. Keep being the awesome you that you are! What a blessing you guys are there and able to shed some light…even when it may be unseen right now.

    • Freeman Fam says:

      Amy, thanks for the response. How amazing that you are now back into this field of work – it’s like God took you on a journey that lead straight back around to what He originally called you to. He’s so good and His timing is so perfect. Praying for you and your studies and all that He’s leading you and your family towards. Much love amiga! xo

  2. Sandy says:

    The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that shines brighter til the noon day!! when Jesus Himself is our sun! Shine on Freeman family and let them see the Light shining in the darkness. Good Psalm! Will keep praying for your family and the work He has for you all in Costa Rica.

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