I walked past a line of shirts on Mizzou's campus near Memorial Union that should break all of our hearts. They were shirts designed to remind us of the violence against women in our society. They had things written on them like "I miss you, mommy" and other heart wrenching messages. The shirts were made by women and children at a local (Columbia Missouri) victim shelter, so the messages were personal and reflected real fears, pains and, often, refusals to give up or give in.
I had been walking with a business associate, talking business with him, when we suddenly noticed the shirts and were struck by their words, so... we stopped, spoke to the young lady at the table representing the shirts and introduced ourselves, witnessed her passion and picked up a green bracelet that says, "I can do something." I have it on, even now.
If you know a woman who's being abused, please send her this song. Remind her of who she is. If you know of a woman being abused, cannot send her this and have no other course than to pray for her, please do.
Be mindful that the women that are often in the greatest danger are the women you pass in the store or live next door. Sometimes the women that need you most may not be women at all...or yet. They're little girls witnessing abuse or suffering differing sorts of abuse. They're being primed for abuse. They're being fashioned into abused women. They need us to care enough now to step in and stop it. They all do.
Some of you have tried to step in and the reaction you got confused you or wasn't received in the manner you thought it should have been. Others of you have went as far as calling the police and the cops didn't, or weren't able to, meet the demand. Still, others of you have even taken matters into your own hands and have thumped someone for putting their hands on a child or woman and still... nothing you've tried has appeared to work.
But keep trying. Keep caring enough to step in and step up.
You "can do something."
"What then? After everything else I've tried, what could I possibly do? Nothing else has worked!"
Have faith. Faith heals all wounds ~ Faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; faith for others; faith to keep doing something. Have faith.
Some of these women are holding on for dear life. They're refusing to give in or give up. Have faith. Don't ever give up. Giving up is giving up on them and that's not an option. Hold on with them.
"Fight the good fight of faith" 1 Timothy 6:12