Are you a victim of abuse?
This subject weighs heavily on my mind, and I know it’s a sensitive topic. To any of you who currently live or have lived in this nightmare, I want you to understand the Lord loves you, and He is with you. As alone as you may feel, He is there.
As a police officer, I can vividly remember the broken homes, distraught family faces, and tear-filled eyes of battered spouses and children. I always wondered, “What happens now? How do I help?”
I’ve bottled many emotions of my own over the years. I’ve never been able to speak about them with my wife, my kids, or others. No one would understand, nor did I want to cause uncertainty about my career decision in my home.
I just returned to the job that continued to break me, beat me up, both emotionally and spiritually, always wondering how much longer until the Master Healer will come again.
To all of you who have been victims of any abuse, I promise you the Lord will come, and He is aware of you. He loves you, and His love is unconditional.
To the abuser, may you know this—Your abuse cannot and will not be tolerated in any form, and your abuse does not go unnoticed. You will be accountable before God.
Jesus Christ has said, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matt 18:6-7.
What are our expectations? “The Lord expects us to do everything we can to prevent abuse and to protect and help victims. No one is expected to endure abusive behavior.”
I wish I could unsee what I’ve seen as a police officer. I wish I could do more for those who suffer. I wish I could take away the fear and pain you experience.
I understand what it feels like to be alone. Your abuse may never be made public or made mention. I see you, and I’m doing the best I know-how. I take it home and often pretend I am “okay,” but that’s not the real story. I’m just okay to be alone because talking about it hurts too much.
Don’t give up, please—Reach out for help and guidance.
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