All of last week I was entrenched in my role as Dr. Mommy. Loving adorable daughter became sick last Sunday and we were in the thick of 3 trips to urgent care/doctor's office, a fever ranging from 105-106 degrees at times, and a diagnosis of a double ear infection and on top of that roseola virus. My only trips out of the house were related to her care. It was a long week.
It is Sunday afternoon as I write this. We became members of Bedside Baptist Church this morning catching a couple services online. Afterwards, watching the news shows that permeate Sunday morning television. This is when I learned that I missed a headline during my internet perusing last week. I had caught glimpses, but for some reason I hadn't gotten the full story.
A nine year old little girl accidentally shot her gun instructor with an uzi. I was in shock. How had I missed this? I probably missed it because the headlines I saw said something to the effect of, "Should a Nine Year Old Handle an Uzi?" I thought it was mere conjecture - not related to an actual story with a tragic event. My answer to the headline was, "No", and I moved on. Now, as most Americans and people around the world already knew, I know that something tragic did occur.
I listened to the debate and comments. The outrage and the carefully thought out perspectives. But it all still left me with a question.
What about the child?
What is wrong with society? There are too many guns and not enough regulation! The whole industry needs to be re-worked so something like this doesn't happen again ...
Okay, but what about the child?
It's the fault of the instructor, he should have been standing in a different position. He never should have handed a child an uzi. He should have considered the difficulty for adults to handle it and weighed that knowledge with how it would be handled in the hands of a child.
Maybe, but what about the child?
Didn't the parents know any better? What were they thinking? Shouldn't their parental rights be evaluated? Do they regularly encourage their child to handle guns? Shouldn't they be held responsible?
Perhaps, but what - about - the - child?
This child is surely traumatized and will need extensive counseling. This child will not be able to sleep through the night without horrific images flooding her mind. This child that will probably be jittery at any noise resembling a gun shot. This child who is probably blaming herself and believes she is a murderer. This child who probably has been crying non-stop and unable to eat and drink. This child that has become political fodder and a socialistic outcry for causes she doesn't even realize exists.
That child. God's child.
No matter your thoughts or position on gun control I hope you remember that there is a child who desperately needs your prayers and the love of Jesus to combat the war that is surely going on in her mind. I hope that when we watch current events we stop and consider the real lives that are affected. That we don't make judgements and suppositions based upon our finite understanding and forget that the people involved still need the love of God. The difference that creation is moaning and groaning about is for the Church to stand up and be the love of Jesus (ref. Romans 8:18-22). Forget about the issues and love because people - souls - are at stake.
Pray for the family and keep that nine year old girl in your prayers. Every time you hear a report about guns, you should remember there is a child trying to recover from a family outing gone wrong. She and countless other children have been traumatized because of abuse, neglect, and down-right stupidity ... intentional and unintentional ... They all need our prayers, not our opinions.
There is another incident on the other side of the world. A man almost lost his life because a ten year old child couldn't hear his cartoons while the man was installing lighting 9 floors above ground.
What are his parents teaching him? Is he the makings of a socio-path or just a spoiled brat?
We don't know ... but really, what - about - the - child?
"But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." (Luke 18:16 NASB)
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