Safe Places

Everyone should have a place or two where they can go to and be perfectly safe.  When I say ‘safe’ I think of a place where you can be yourself, where you will not be put down or made fun of, where you will not be hurt, physically or emotionally.  For many people this is the place that they call ‘home’, but for some, home is where monsters live.

I think of homes where children are hurt or forgotten.  Yesterday I heard of such a home in our own town.  From the outside it is a perfect home that houses a perfect family, but it is a home that has secrets, big secrets, secrets that the children are afraid to tell.

I pray for these children and for children everywhere.  The light of childhood should never be extinguished.  The dark eyes that hold secrets are the saddest of all.  I pray that there are safe places for everyone.  My hope is that this place is a physical place where our physical self can dwell, but my certainty is that there is a safe place in the arms of my Abba.

12 thoughts on “Safe Places

  1. Oh my heart… I grew up in a home like that, it all looked so normal but was anything but. Prayers for all, the safest home is in God. However – getting there can be a challenge, especially for the most vulnerable.

  2. It’s always so sad when we hear of stories like the one you mention where children are robbed of the peace of home. That peace seems to be a home’s true intent, and not having it leaves a terrible void with them.

  3. oh friend, i hurt for all of those homes where monsters dwell… thank you for seeing those children. for bringing them to our attention. i pray God’s protection over them. (i wrote about a similar topic today; my safe place is the mountains…) love to you. e.

  4. It’s so sad that the place called “home” is not always one of safety and peace. I pray for those children with the sad eyes that God will wrap his arms around them and they will feel His peace and love.

  5. My heart goes out to those children – and so many more who’ve never experienced a safe home. It’s so tragic. I’m so glad you closed with the wonderful truth that we can be “sheltered safe within the arms of God.” Sadly, so many have never experienced the warmth, love and acceptance He offers.

  6. My prayers are with these children and those in charge.
    I don’t know the circumstances there.
    It is my hope that all receive the care and direction they need.
    I hope that a trusted, healthy person intervenes in their life.

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