It seems one of sisters is faced once again with great hardship. This sister is the one who’s daughter was bashed and who herself was badly bashed by her husband recently. Now it seems the ways of violence have once again entered her life. Today she did not come to our Bible study meeting. Another woman shared the story. Apparently our member’s son decided to bash his wife after a weekend of fighting with her. Apparently he bashed her so badly that her face looks terrible and that she has no feeling down once side of her face. I was already thinking, “like father, like son”. He bashes his wife, just as his father bashes his wife.
Then the lady sharing the story said something else which surprised me. She said that the father (that is the husband of the lady who is a member of our church) got angry at his son for bashing his wife. I asked the lady telling the story, “How can he tell his son off if he does exactly the same things?” I was so upset when I heard the reply: “Oh, he wasn’t angry because he bashed his wife as such. It was because he hasn’t paid her bride price yet. He told him that if he had paid the bride price already then it was okay, he could do what he wanted with her, but now, because he has not paid the bride price yet, her family will probably come after them all for compensation money.” Can you believe that? No concern for the young women, and all other women being abused and battered. Only concern for self.
And our sister in Christ, who suffers so much through all this, how we feel for her, but sometimes we feel so powerless to do anything to improve her situation. Except pray, and show her the Love of Christ for her. And we must remind ourselves that the power of prayer is no small thing. God will be close to her, and comfort her, and love her. We know God will not give her more than she can bear, but it seems He gives her such a great burden to carry. Please pray for this lady that she may be comforted and strengthened in all things.