Thursday, September 26, 2013

Paying Attention

Day 12: September 26, 2013

On October 1, 2012, Marguerite Washington, age 18, was murdered in New Orleans while she slept, caught in the crossfire of a feud between boys. She taught Sunday School at church. She babysat my children. 

Since before the days of Moses, countless children like Marguerite have drowned in the rivers of violence. So many children have died, we don’t even notice. But one day along the Nile, three brave women paid attention, and Moses lived. Today, instead of letting Marguerite’s death become another statistic, a church rallies against violence on their streets. They paid attention.

Too many children have died. Too many children are at risk. We must pay attention.

Saving God, the numbers of fallen children are too many. Give us the courage of the three women who saved Moses, that we may pay attention to every child drowning, and do all we can to draw them out of the waters of violence. Amen.

Rev. Travis Stanley
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Abilene, Texas

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