Monday, November 28, 2011


I watched from across the street.  Two little girls in pink shirts.  Probably ages 6 and 8.  They have been instructed as the men pass by, and only the men, to beg for a couple dollars.  The bills are put in their pure hands quickly.  Some bills given out of pity, mercy, compassion or simply for the giver to be proud.  But one approached the girls casually,  who must have promised bigger bills in exchange for something that could not be done on the street. 

I did not want to believe what was in front of me.  I was angered as I stood without the ability to defend the two being tricked.

Did he ask the girls what they could do to earn the dollars they were pleading for? Or did the innocent quote a taught speech on how he could spend his money? A web of mystery it is.

He conveniently stopped to exchange dollars with a cashier…the exchange to sin. The exchange to violate.  The exchange to wound another.  To cut the soul of a child…Two of them.  And even in this I see that the man’s soul is already bleeding that he would step foot in this direction...

Within minutes their pink shirts vanished up a street where there are plenty of rooms to rent in places where thousands have cried from torment.  They cry in desperation.  They cry in helplessness.  To be rescued.  They all cry.

Jesus bled for the sins of the world.  He was the exchange for sin.  He is the Savior who cried.

I approach the throne of grace and tonight my tears are my prayers for the two little girls in pink shirts. 

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  Hebrews 4:15-16

1 comment:

  1. Jesus wept!!

    New Heavens and a New Earth

    17 “See, I will create
    new heavens and a new earth.
    The former things will not be remembered,
    nor will they come to mind.
    18 But be glad and rejoice forever
    in what I will create,
    for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
    and its people a joy.
    19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
    and take delight in my people;
    the sound of weeping and of crying
    will be heard in it no more.
    20 “Never again will there be in it
    an infant who lives but a few days,
    or an old man who does not live out his years;
    the one who dies at a hundred
    will be thought a mere child;
    the one who fails to reach[a] a hundred
    will be considered accursed.
    21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
    they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
    22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
    or plant and others eat.
    For as the days of a tree,
    so will be the days of my people;
    my chosen ones will long enjoy
    the work of their hands.
    23 They will not labor in vain,
    nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
    for they will be a people blessed by the LORD,
    they and their descendants with them.
    24 Before they call I will answer;
    while they are still speaking I will hear.
    25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
    and dust will be the serpent’s food.
    They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,”
    says the LORD. Isaiah 65:17-25