Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Satan Hates Mothers

Can you guess who this baby is?



I'll give you a hint.

Germany

World War II

Funny black mustache

It is Adolf Hitler as a baby.

The first time I saw this picture I was astonished. He looks cute, really cute. In fact at this point in his life he could have been just like my little baby... he was pure, innocent and had all the potential for good. You' d never guess by looking at this picture that this baby would turn out to me one of the most evil and twisted men of the 20th century.

I've been thinking a lot about this picture the last few weeks, ever since I started writing my post on the concubine in Judges 19. It really surprised me as I was writing her post the incredible amount of sorrow I felt, not only for her, but also for the men who raped her. My heart ached as I wondered, "What does it do to a man's soul to do those sort of things to another person?"

As I watched the video about the rapes in Congo I felt the same sorrow and my heart broke as I remember that each one of those men were the sons of other women. I remembered that for each of those rapists there was a woman who had carried that man within her, who had shed her blood giving him birth, who had nursed him at her breast and who had loved, and who probably still loved, him... and there he was doing those sort of things to another woman.

Sometimes the wickedness of the world overwhelms me. I can't bear the grief I feel as I witness the suffering of God's daughters on this earth. The darkness seems impenetrable. Yet I see a fire of hope in the story (told in the video about Congo) of the young woman who was rapped in front of her family, kidnapped, and forced to be a sex slave for soldiers. When she finally escaped months later she found she was pregnant with a child of one of her rapists. After telling her story the video later shows this same young woman nursing a little daughter, the child of her rapist, as she participated in a literacy class. I couldn't help but cry as I watched this woman nurse. It awed me that, even though that child had been conceived in the most horrible way imaginable, this woman was still willing and ready to welcome that precious spirit into the world and to give it her love. What a testament that is to me of the power of women and of our great capacity for love.

It is for this reason, our divine ability to love and sacrifice, that Satan hates women-- especially mothers. He has never had a mother and he will never have one. No woman will ever shed her blood to create him a mortal body and because of that he is eternally damned.. stopped in his progression.... dead. All his tools are aimed in one direction... at women... at mothers... if he knows if he can bring us down, if he can stop us conceiving, bearing, and loving God's children then he gains power.

Hitler's baby picture reminds me to never underestimate the importance of my role as a mother and to never stop loving these souls who have been entrusted to me -- even on those days when my two-year-old has orchestrated a peanut butter/Lego/book/car holocaust in my front room and violated mandates of the Geneva Convention on his little sister.

Satan, I'm just telling you now. No matter how hard things get, no matter what bad choices these children may make, no matter what we go through...

...I'm never going to stop loving... ever.

I knew you'd hate that.

11 comments:

  1. He's been hating me with a vengeance this week. That's for sure.

    Love you, Heather!!

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  2. Thank you so much for this post! I really needed it today. I've been struggling as a mom lately, and this just really boosted my spirits today. Thank you!

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  3. Wow... it's crazy to think of things that way, but you are right. Every man/woman who comits evil crimes is someone's child. I enjoy reading your blog which was mentioned by a friend of mine.

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  4. I love this. :) I especially love your letter to Satan at the end. Love. Your. Blog! :) It is so precious to me to read and learn and prepare myself for my precious and sacred role as a young woman, and in the future a mother. Thank you for all that you do!

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  5. Powerful. I linked up to you today so others could read this! Excellent!

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  6. haha, as I sat reading this my two year old spilled his yogurt drink all down my ottoman... as I put him aside trying to stay calm and not yell I got to work cleaning it up, all the while my 4 year old was spilling his down the front of his toy bins... siiiigggghhhhhh... it must have been divine intervention this morning for me to be reading this post at this very moment! I love my mess makers!! Thank you SO MUCH for this post :0)

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  7. Once again, good work. I love reading your blog!

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  8. Thanks ladies! And Ashleigh thanks for the wonderful mental image. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one overwhelmed by little ones and their antics!

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  9. very beautiful message. I have never seen a photo of Hitler before. When I first learned of his doings, it made me cry in secret. It pained me that so many of Gods children had to suffer in this life, like that.

    As for being a mother, I love how well you express the hate of Satan. I am in battle right now against his influence upon one of my own children. The change back towards good came when I told this child that no matter what he did in life, I would always love him, my door would be open to him. Although, I did not have to like the things he was doing, I needed my love to be shown as unconditional.

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  10. I've never realy thought of it that way. I've thought about how he hates families, but hating moms makes sense.
    Evil dude.

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