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Faith, Hope and Love
by Sandra Rees-Bowen
10/04/08
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My frightened daughter, Melissa scampered into my bedroom tonight. She stood beside the base of my bed and told me that she was scared. I asked her why; she replied that she did not know, but asked if she cuddle with me. With a sigh, I lifted up the covers and she quickly snuggled beside me.

Melissa suffers from anxiety attacks. She cannot help it, but I wonder sometimes if it has something to do with today’s culture. Children see things on TV that were not even allowed 10 or more years ago. Ads for sexual products, perfume ads that promote seduction, promos for violent crime series are shown during shows that are supposed to be kid friendly.

Much of the Anime, which has become popular among pre-teens and teens, promotes sex, violence and gluttony. Therefore, I do not wonder at my daughter’s anxiety. We are in a society that seems to promote it.

In Melissa’s 5th grade class they read stories of divorce, death, murder and cruelty. Disturbed about the teacher’s choice of books and their effect on my sensitive daughter and her classmates, I spoke to her teacher. Unsympathetic, her teacher told me their choice of books reflects today’s world and ignored my concerns. I know that there is more to the world than the violent life choices that today’s children exposed to, but they are not shown this in school or media.

As I lay beside my daughter who finally fell asleep, I prayed for guidance. I felt lost and so alone. It was then I heard the Lord speak to me. Not in a voice like the late great Charlton Heston or even country singer, Trace Adkins; but quietly, like a whisper I heard the words, “Faith, Hope and Love.”

It was then I remembered Corinthians 13:13 (New Living Translation) “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” I believe the Lord was trying to tell me to speak to my daughter about these three simple words and what they mean. It is what she needs to hear, it is what all of our children need to hear.



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