The Stones Cry Out and So Will the Children
By Linda Ranson Jacobs
Habakkuk 2:11 “The stones of the wall will cry out,
and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.” The material
in the houses in Babylon had been taken in plunder and
misdeeds. The prophet was saying that because of this
plunder the very stones and beams in the woodwork would
cry out. Today our children in many homes have been plundered.
They feel their homes and their young lives have been
destroyed. Hurting children will not keep quiet. At some
point they will cry out in anguish. Their cries may come
in the form of angry tirades, hostile outburst and vindictive
Luke 19:40 “I tell you.’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet,
the stones will cry out.’” The oppressed in Jerusalem
believed Jesus was coming to save them. The people welcomed
Jesus with palms and shouts of joy. In His day, Jesus
was the hope for the hurting. Today Jesus is the hope
for the hurting children in our homes and in our world.
Like the oppressed in Jesus’ day, children will not be
silent for long.
Because Christ was crucified and rose on the third day,
He paid the debt for our sins. He paid the price for
each of us, even for our hurting children. Not one child
is lost to Christ. He knows who every child is. He knows
their name. He knows their hurts. He knows their pain.
He knows of their sorrow and their shame. Jesus is the
only hope for the children in our homes today.
As a single parent take your children to church with
you. Read them the stories in the Bible. Share your heart
and your walk of faith with them. Pray with them and
pray for them. Rejoice together when the Lord has provided.
Introducing your children to Christ is the most important
gift you can give them.
“I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in
our day, in our time make them known......” Habakkuk
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therapist, or lawyer. These suggestions are simply suggestions
and not guaranteed solutions to your particular problems.
Linda offers this information because she was a single
mom for years and ran a child care where the majority
of her children were from single parent families. She
offers support, encouragement, and suggestions to help
you succeed as a single parent.