Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Black Sweat Pants

I can't stop thinking about the little boy in those black sweat pants. Riding in a shopping cart with his mom, he couldn't have been more than four. But this four year old witnessed something most of us have not.

Today he watched as his mom was arrested for shoplifting.

I'm sure the policemen were kind to him; I saw them letting him play on the mechanical car in the lobby area. And just a few feet away, there his mom stood. Wearing handcuffs.

I still shudder as it replays in my mind. What will happen to that little boy? Will this small, yet monumental moment define who he will become? Will he remember it when he grows up?

I worried so much for him about them taking his mommy away from him. I think of my son (who looked to be the same age as this little boy), how he would react to me being taken off where he could not follow. And him being taken somewhere else. It makes my insides boil. My son is at an age where he notices a new piece of trash lying on the counter top. He certainly would notice if I were suddenly gone...and if he were suddenly somewhere else. With someone else.

And I wish I knew what was so important that they needed...was it something they did truly need and couldn't afford, or something they wanted? I wish I could've talked to her five minutes before and asked if she'd let me buy it. I would have.

I keep praying that God will take care of that sweet little boy, and I'm reminding myself that He loves him much, much more than any of us ever could...for He is a:

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
(Psalm 68:5-6 NLT)

Please pray for him with me tonight. God knows who he is.

And He loves him.

Peace of Christ to you,


  1. Dear Lord, please protect this child, who is so very dear and innocent. What laws provide for this action? I believe that it is illegal to arrest a parent/care-giver in the presence of a child... at least in Ca... to my recollection. That law MAY have changed, but it is one which made sense to me. Please investigate this,for the sake of the child. And thanks for posting this, Cara.