I just got back from seeing The Help with my friend Mandie. I loved it. At least as much as the book (I need to read it again to make sure. It’s been over a year.) But my heart hurts.

Because things aren’t fair.

I can’t really talk about it, because the words aren’t there yet, just lots of sad, uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. And anger. A lot of anger. Not just over the fact that if Mandie and I had gone to see this movie 50 years ago, we wouldn’t have been allowed to sit together. But because of every single person who’s ever been treated unfairly or unkindly because of her skin color.

Or how poor she is.

Ava and I are reading a book called Esperanza Rising. More hate, more racism, more unfairness.

I think of the women in Ethiopia (and all over the developing world) who are dying in childbirth or sustaining horrible, life-ruining injuries because they have no access to healthcare.

I think of little girls and boys whose bodies are being used and abused, and they have no way to speak up for themselves. They have no rights.

I wish the list ended there, but I could write long into the night. It’s so unfair.

O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. (Psalm 10:17-18)

God, make me an instrument of your love and justice. I want to give my life for your precious children who live with horrific unfairness every single day.  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, sweet Jesus!

5 thoughts on “unfair

  1. Melanie

    I have been thinking about this post for a few days. When I go to work I see kids and adults who are hurting. And I’m overwhelmed as one person.
    Yesterday I had to take my son to the doctor and we were listening the The Jesus Storybook Bible. It’s a really good children’s bible especially to listen to in the car and I think that Luke thinks that Jesus has a British accent! haha
    Anyway, the story came up about Jesus feeding the 5 thousand and God spoke to my heart. It’s in Luke 9:10-17. Jesus says that they need to feed all of the people and this is the disciples reply v. 13 “‘We have only five loaves of bread and two fish-unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.'” (I think the last part of that statement was sarcasm). So they had two ideas, use a meal meant for one person (impossible) or use their own money and buy enough food. Jesus used the impossible, tiny amount to feed the 5,000, an impossibly, huge task. I wonder if He just asks us to give what we have and He will give thanks for it and multiply it himself. This world is discouraging. John 6:33b “‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.'”

    I hope this helps encourages. And I’m glad we met last weekend!

    1. Marla Taviano

      1. I prayed for you earlier this morning.

      2. I just read another example of God feeding a lot with a little. A story of Elisha I don’t remember ever reading. Someone gave him 20 loaves of bread and a few apples which wasn’t enough for 100 men, but God multiplied it with leftovers. Give what little we have and God makes it enough. PLUS SOME. Why wouldn’t we want to give knowing this??

      3. LOVE The Jesus Storybook Bible.

      4. I loved meeting you too!

  2. Mandy

    There are so many horrible injustices going on right at this moment. I read an article the weekend about a woman of color who was born and raised in New England and who still feels like a tourist in her own community. Sometimes she wants to move away just so she can escape the disrespect and mistreatment of others. And ministering to women who have been mistreated is so disheartening sometimes. How do I convince women that God loves them and hears their prayers and that God is trustworthy when they’ve suffered such horrible things at other people’s hands and God allowed it all to happen? I guess I really can’t convince them – only God can.

  3. Ruth Chowdhury

    I was sobbing tonight while praying for those whose lives are affected by incredibly unfair situations. A lot of them I’ve found out about via your blog, so I was actually praying for the very things you mentioned, in addition to some even more close to home. It is unfair. Tears are welling up again. I believe I am beginning to understand “righteous indignation”. Praying that God will use me to my fullest potential to help save lives in whatever way He sees fit. Thank you, Marla. God is using you.

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