117. To Aid the Innocents Abused
In realms of wonder Father weeps. He sees each Innocent abused.
A reckoning His angels keep of every mortal power misused.
At Father’s side, Messiah stands. He shares our griefs and mortal pains.
His suffering at God’s command shall give us life, though He was slain.
We do not know nor are we told how nature/nurture forge our days.
But Father’s Heaven or Satan’s Hell are chosen by our willful ways.
Let us take comfort, yet beware, that mortal life does not last long.
And if by evil we’re ensnared, how terrible our soul’s last song.
So let us join now, one and all, to save the young, protect the pure.
We shall respond to Heaven’s call to end the anguish they endure.
As we, together, seek God’s grace, we’ll salve and sooth each wound and bruise.
That we might share His smiling face with every Innocent abused.
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Comment and Notes:
Each day brings news of atrocities against the young, the helpless, the pure, whom I deem collectively, above, as "Innocents". This story is, terribly, merely one of too many: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/12/04/islamic-state-sells-yazidi-sex-slaves-little-10-cigarettes/ Young women, most beloved of Father for their virtue and gentle hears, are not merely abused, but often killed; and the fraequent slaughter of Christians of all ages is indisputable.
We are compelled to remember Mormon's letter to his son at Moroni 9: 9-15:
"9. And notwithstanding this great abomination of the Lamanites, it doth not exceed that of our people in Moriantum. For behold, many of the daughters of the Lamanites have they taken prisoners; and after depriving them of that which was most dear and precious above all things, which is chastity and virtue--
"10. And after they had done this thing, they did murder them in a most cruel manner, torturing their bodies even unto death; and after they have done this, they devour their flesh like unto wild beasts, because of the hardness of their hearts; and they do it for a token of bravery.
"11. O my beloved son, how can a people like this, that are without civilization--
"12. (And only a few years have passed away, and they were a civil and a delightsome people)
"13. But O my son, how can a people like this, whose delight is in so much abomination--
"14. How can we expect that God will stay his hand in judgment against us?
"15. Behold, my heart cries: Wo unto this people. Come out in judgment, O God, and hide their sins, and wickedness, and abominations from before thy face!"
Crimes against innocents occur around the world. Estimates of abortions by reasonably informed sources exceed 50 million. There is no excuse for man's depravity, and we, like Moroni, are compelled to plead with the Almighty "come out in judgment".
Yet, our call and command is not judgment, but service. We are commanded to serve as protectors, teachers, and healers of all--with particular focus upon Innocents. When we extend such resources (great or small) as we have to lift and save we not only prevent further anguish but become worthy of the Savior's pronouncement and promise (Matthew 25:40): "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."