October 28, 2011
“Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him – we’ll move right into the neighborhood.” John 14:23 (The Message Bible).
I’m reading a memoir call “Change Me into Zeuss’s Daughter” by Barbara Robinette Moss. Every page is filled with a story that makes me wonder why either the wife or one of the eight kids living under the roof of their leaking roof (in many different residences) haven’t lit a match to their drunken father while he’s sleeping off a three-day bender. If it weren’t for the pages with fun incidents, and the fact that I wonder how this book ends, I’d have stopped reading this book and set it on fire.
This family lived in a “sightless” world. They didn’t know anything other than a dad who got drunk, beat them, made them get up at 3:00 a.m. to clean the house from top to bottom, and who returned Christmas gifts to get money for booze. As of page 238, I see that this family has no connection to God, who is waiting to move into their shabby home and reside in their hearts.
Dear Lord, I pray for women (or men) and children who sleep with fear in their hearts. Let your light come through their windows and doors and give them hope. Amen.