Automobile’s of Art:
Today I saw a large picture of a young man with the caption “Man 25 Accused Of Robbing Local Bank.” I do not know this man but one thing I do know, there is a giant possibility that some hard working mother and dad are very ashamed, embarrassed and hurt.
I cannot see a picture like that without thinking of the parents. Most parents never disown their own, but that does not stop the hurt. The shame felt when neighbors point to their house when talking to someone.
Parents of the murderer, thief and drug dealer suffer untold shame. Some move, many cannot afford to. Their real friends support them and offer help. That is commendable, but it does not erase the damage done. Some people even go as far as BLAME the parents. In a few cases it may be deserved.
Criminals do not all come from broken homes, the slums or from professional criminals. Some come from the homes of the well-to-do. Some come from church going God-fearing parents. I know brothers from a hard working family. One spent most of his adult life in prison, the other became a successful businessman. In that case it was drugs, but why one and not the other?
I fished with a man whose son had brought shame on the family. One day out of the blue as we quietly trolled, he said, “Now I know how Earl felt!” His friend Earl’s son had done the same thing a few years earlier. The hurt was deep.
Very few humans are alone, someone cares. Those mistakes or actions hurt. Think of the family when you see the headlines. A prayer cannot hurt!