The next time you’re in a group of people, look around at the women
At least 25% of them have been sexually assaulted or will be during their lifetimes. For those who are married, half of them will be divorced.
The stats are daunting and we believe the percentages are actually higher, because some women will never report rape or childhood abuse.
Some women are hiding their memories so deeply, they don’t even remember the trauma.
At GateWay of Hope, we work to help women know the truth, face the pain and work through it.
But as much as we respect women and want to help them, someone else loves them even more.
In the book of Lamentations from the Bible, the prophet Jeremiah writes, “My eyes flow with rivers of tears at the destruction of my people. My tears will pour out in a ceaseless stream until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees us. My heart is grieved when I see what has happened to the women of the city” (Lamentations 3:48-51 Good News Translation).
These verses underscore the fact that God loves women and he is grieved with what is happening to them.
He cries with each little girl who is abused, and he takes that assault seriously. Someday he will judge those who have injured his precious daughters.
He empathizes with women who struggle through depression and grief because he knows how difficult it is to feel alone, rejected and sad.
He comforts women who have been abandoned and betrayed by their spouses. He promises to be their eternal husband and maker as well as taking special care of their children.
God grieves over his daughters because he knows how wonderful they are. He planted within them brave giftings that have not been respected, tender hearts that have been bruised and strong minds that have been tormented.
He cares. He grieves and he promises to make it right. “Your innocence will be clear to everyone. God will vindicate you with the blazing light of justice shining down as from the noonday sun” (Psalm 37:6 The Living Bible).
Someday, justice will be complete. God will judge those who have hurt his daughters and he will bring wholeness and healing to all the women he so dearly loves.
In the meantime, he is available and eager to comfort his daughters.
At GateWay of Hope, we help women embrace that truth and show them how to trust the God who grieves for the women of the city.
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