This morning I read something that really upset me. I was reading a Caring Bridge entry by a friend, whose daughter has been fighting cancer. This child has gone through more in her life than most adults could ever imagine going through. She has been fighting, and surviving cancer and surgeries and complications like a true warrior. I have never met this amazing teen, but I feel like I know her, and her story has been so incredibly inspirational to me.
Today, the update was about the tumor in her head, and what the scans showed, and what the next few months will bring for her. Her mother (who is just as strong) ended the entry with a request for all.
“I do need to say this, to my fellow parents out there. Please talk with your kids, about how saying hurtful things can hurt so bad emotionally. We have had some kids say awful mean things to her, and texted to her, tweeted about her. Some regarding her hair, which obviously she can’t help due to radiation and some just plain ridiculous. Like for instance, *&!* is not fat, far from it actually. She obviously not ugly, nor is she stupid or any other terrible things that people have called her! Realize that she has enough to deal with battling cancer! So please understand that enough is enough. There comes a point in time in ones life that they can only deal with so much. So I ask you please, speak with them, your sons and daughters, older and younger. She needs support! Nothing else! Sorry if this doesn’t apply to you, that’s why I saved it till the end. “
This end of the post was tear inducing. This child has been such an inspiration to so many, what can there possibly be to fear that such mean things are being said. I wanted to know what the bible had to say about bullying. A quick search brought these verses to light, and I hope that you will find the time to share these and talk about these verses with your children.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
For those of you that are bullied, I found a great blog posting by Jesse Rider @ http://fervr.net/teen-life/7-ways-to-respond-to-bullies
To the sweet child in the caring bridge update today, please remember: You are loved, honored, and respected by the One that matters the most. You are very blessed with loving family and friends, and a whole cyber world that is praying for you daily.