Title: Defender of the Weak
Date: September 29, 2016
Two high school jocks drove a souped-up sedan toward the end of a rural suburban road. These jocks had power. Town talk said the driver had come from a loving home. Town talk said that the passenger was angry and was abused as a child. Was it true? God knows. Together they slowly drove past a specific and isolated house. Three younger teens were talking on the lawn. The jocks pulled over. There were no adults around. The jocks taunted the three younger teens, and picked on one boy in particular. He was considered peculiar. The peculiar boy touched the sedan. “Take your (bleep bleep) hand off of my car, retard.” The jock had a rule: nobody touched his paint and wax job.
Both bullies beat that boy black and blue, and then they threw him to the ground, and kicked him. The boy’s friends watched. The boy struggled up, then ran and hid inside a shed. The bullies had a blow-dart gun hidden in the car’s trunk. They shot the boy twice with darts. They aimed through cracks in the walls of the planked shed. He burst out and ran again. They chased. They caught him. They dragged him back and beat him more. In time, both bullies were prosecuted.
Bullies intimidate and terrorize, and expect to get away with it. Bullies are chicken-hearted. Who will stand up against the bully? You and I? Together, we can.
Let’s Pray: Loving God, we are taught to pray for our enemies*, so we pray for our bullies. Amen.
Today’s Thought Is: God strengthens us.*
*Matthew 5:44 “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” New Living Translation ©2007
*Isaiah 40:29 “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” New Living Translation ©2007
Joshua 1:9 “This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." New Living Translation ©2007