October is domestic violence awareness month. It is a time for us to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect our sisters with help to end violence against women.
God’s love letter graphically shares the reality of abuse, neglect and murder in the home. God doesn’t look away, blame the victim, defend the perpetrator or end every story with a happily ever after.
Let’s remember our biblical sister Tamar.
Tamar, King David’s daughter was raped by her brother. King David did not protect his daughter, he did not comfort her, he did not discipline his son and he did nothing to restore Tamar.
For centuries, false myths are perpetuated – don’t give attention to bad behavior, just ignore a bully, pretend the abuse didn’t occur and it will stop. God’s word and history shows that without intervention dysfunction grows. David’s failure to protect his daughter and bring his son to justice resulted in a family continuing to be enslaved to sin, fear and violence. Eventually leading to Tamar being avenged by her other brother murdering her perpetrator.
I can’t imagine anyone believing this to be a happily ever after. What I learn from this horrible account of abuse is:
- God knows it occurs to women,
- God knows these women,
- God knows their names AND
- God knows the identity of their perpetrators
Nothing happens in secret from God. Violence against women matters to God, so much that it became part of God’s Holy Word. While these stories rarely come up in our weekly scripture reading, they are part of God’s love letter, along with God’s promise:
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:6-8 (NIV)
Thank you Lord for your love, grace and protection. Thank you for leading my sisters and me to safety. Help us Lord to champion your love and bring it to all those in desperate need of your peace. Amen
Please share a prayer for all those you love and cherish who were lost or were saved from the battle or who are still crying from the battle grounds.