There are 29.8 million slaves in the world today. 60,000 of those are in the USA. Reflecting on this led my friend, Liz Below, to write a Psalm for the 29 Million. In support of this week’s #ACourageousOne project, she kindly agreed to share it.
Hear my cry, O God,
O Lord, listen to my plea.You are merciful and just,
Your righteousness and love know no bounds.But where do you hide your mercy?
Why does Justice slumber?Night and day evildoers roam the earth
Morning, noon, and night they steal away innocenceThey trade gold for pleasure
Offer treasures for a moment of ecstasyThey torture, threaten, and terrify
They kidnap, keep, and killThey sell innocents for profit
They barter lives for luxuriesThe lost and fatherless scream in pain
The hopeless and forgotten cry out in desperationAre you not God, the Father?
Speak up for your Children!O that you would reach down your mighty hand of Justice
And wipe away these vile creatures who defile your offspring.O that your Spirit would come down and free these slaves;
Restore to them their purity,
Return to them their innocence,
And give them a home like they’ve never known before.Hear my cry, O God,
O Lord, listen to my plea.Rescue the children from these hungry lions,
Save them from the monsters of this world.The lonely and abandoned,
The lost and forgotten –Let them be loved and adopted,
Found and remembered.Give them Courage and a Hope
For your Love endures forever.Hear my cry, O God,
O Lord, listen to my plea.
The #ACourageousOne project is aimed to raise awareness, money and hope on behalf of those individuals who are hidden and suffering among us in sexual slavery. To read more about The Courageous One project, click here. To read the story of a survivor of childhood sex trafficking, read Liz’s story.
There are more courageous ones out there in need of rescue, like Liz. This week, show your support by giving YOUR Courageous One:
- One DOLLAR to end sex trafficking (consider Courage Worldwide and International Justice Mission)
One MINUTE in prayer (pray today’s Psalm!)
One ARTICLE SHARED on social media. (Share Liz’s story, or why Prostitute doesn’t mean what you think it means. Share today’s Psalm, or this excellent article on 10 things you didn’t know about sex trafficking (and what you can do about it.) And use the hashtag #ACourageousOne, if you’re into that kind of thing. 🙂
Your Courageous One can help one of the courageous ones. Thank you for partnering!