I usually retire for the evening at around 10:30, but for some reason I was up at 11:15 last night and caught the middle of the Oprah show. My heart has never been so enraged and so broken. There was a woman being interviewed who was physically, emotionally, and verbally abused by her husband for several years. To make matters worse, her husband enlisted the couple's children as agents to carry out some of the abuse. In a particular case, the children were made to make derogatory comments about their mother. They were ordered to slap her, and literally tie her up. The oldest son was commanded to video tape the husband beating the wife for 51 minutes.
When I saw this abuse with my own eyes, I literally screamed for Erik to come upstairs. I couldn't watch this atrocity alone. But somehow I felt as if I should watch. Ignoring it would minimize the story and survival of this woman. This is the first time I have cried over an issue shown on Oprah. Erik was enraged and offered his own opinion of what should happen to this man, and I was speechless. My heart hurt for her. This woman suffered from the physical abuse of her husband, but she spoke about the loss of her own humanity while enduring his anger.
I cannot believe what goes on in the world around me. Jesus save us.
This man ended up getting 36 years in prison. Too little if you ask me. His crime was not just against his wife, but he jepoardized the futures of his children.
This opened my eyes, and I believe it will help me not to be so concerned about what is going on in my little sheltered circle of a life, but to be aware of the community around me.