Listen to the Weeping Child

Listen to the weeping of the innocent and hurting
Hiding in their shame for something someone else has done.
Wondering whom to turn to who will understand their terror,
Fearing it’s not over but has likely just begun.

Somewhere in a darkened room, a little girl is crying,
Left alone by someone she had trusted all her life.
Should she tell her mother that this awful thing has happened?
Would her mom believe her or would telling cause more strife?

Somewhere in a custom van, a young boy can't stop shaking.
Bruised and sore, he stares ahead, confusion floods his mind.
Why was he molested by this family friend and neighbor
Whom the kids all liked and who had always been so kind?

Numbered in the millions now, our children are molested.
Most of their offenders walk the streets not feeling shame.
Little girls are scarred for life, their tender spirits broken.
Little boys are fearful and will never be the same.

Jesus loved the little ones and always drew them closer.
He said a child would lead the way because they are so pure.
If someone should offend a child, a millstone would feel better
Than all the awful things that each offender will endure.

Let us all be mindful then of all the little children
Living in our neighborhoods and learning in our schools.
Each one needs protection from the evil ones who harm them.
God has placed them in our care, these dear and precious jewels.

Mariane Holbrook is a retired teacher, musician, and artist who lives with her husband in Kure Beach, North Carolina. Her passion is Jesus Christ. She is a member of a Southern Baptist Church.