I slept well last night but in my heart I was aching. I kept thinking of the current abduction of Lisa Irwin. As a parent, we all have daily safety concerns and development markers. No one thinks abduction out of a child’s room is going to happen.
I remember back to Jonbenet Ramsey in 1996 with a house intrusion/invasion. It was 1996 and I was in college. This story seemed out of this world to me and now Baby Lisa feels hard to comprehend now as a mom. I have had crazy times of checking on my children. The most recent was the uncontrollable 4-5 times (that was on a good night… I won’t confess to how many times initially) I would check on Rhett when he was 6 months to 8 months old. I was in prayer and yet so afraid of losing him to SIDS.
But now I really don’t check on my kids. I figure I will wake them and then I will be back at care giving instead of heading to bed to collapse. Last night though, we triple checked our locks, left lights on downstairs and I did go in and check on all three. I held my breath knowing that all were snuggled in bed and nothing was wrong. But that deep desire for Lisa’s family to be able to do the same was heartbreaking.
I am in prayer for her safety. I will never know what her parent’s pain is like (I hope) and I can’t imagine how life must be spinning out of control for them. The hopeful believer in me feels she is safe but very far from here. I hope someone on the national news can really get the attention of our country so that this baby is found. We all watch CSI, NCIS, Law and Orders, etc. that have this theme, but to have it in our “backyard” is unsettling. Please pray and never discount a day (the good ones, the bad ones and the ugly ones) with your own children. And if your children are grown with children help them to raise their gaze from the daily drama and relish in the fact that our children are a gift from God.
Praying for Lisa.