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A 7 year old in Pennsylvania shared with her school bus driver that she had been unable to wake her parents [1].  Christopher Dilly and Jessica Lally were discovered to have overdosed.  The child’s younger siblings – ages 3 months, 3 and 5 years old – were found in the home.

Ashley Hutt and Mac Leroy McKiver, a pair of addicts in Washington, have been charged with repeatedly injecting their young children – ages 2, 4, and 6 years old – with street heroin to keep them quiet [2].  The children were living in squalid rat-infested conditions, their home littered with drug paraphernalia.

All seven children have been placed in protective custody.

Where was God in all this?  Could He not have intervened?  Such evil is staggering.  Confronted by it, we cannot help but cry out.

God is not immune to our pain.  Nor is He indifferent.  He suffered for us on the cross, and continues to suffer with us.  We are His children.  Would you not suffer for yours?  Surely, you feel their pain when a young wing is broken or a young dream falters.

This is a fallen world — home both to incalculable evil and amazing good.  We get to choose sides.  That privilege comes at great cost.  But those choosing evil should make no mistake.  God’s eye is on the sparrow…on all the defenseless little sparrows.  And there will be a reckoning.

” ‘Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins?  And not one of them is forgotten before God.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows‘ ” (Luke 12: 6-7).

[1]  Washington Post, “A 7-year-old told her bus driver she couldn’t wake her parents. Police found them dead at home.” by Cleve Wootson, 10/5/16,

[2]  Washington Post, “Parents injected children with heroin as ‘feel good medicine,’ police say” by Lindsey Bever, 11/1/16,

Original version posted 10/27/13



Filed under Child Abuse, Christianity, Community, Emotional Abuse, Justice, Law, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Religion

30 responses to “Sparrows

  1. Shattered in Him

    There are no words for this. I am heartbroken for the children caught in the crossfire.

  2. Anna, how sad for humanity that you should have to bring these terrible deeds to our attention. Truly awful. Thank God, that we have His assurance
    that His eye is on the sparrow …

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Anna. May our Heavenly Father continue to bless you and make you a blessing to many as He has been.

  4. Great post Anna. As you say,there will be a day of reckoning and when that day finally comes,there will be One righteous Judge who will right every wrong.

  5. Children deserve so much better than we give them.

    I can’t remember the details, but I once read where someone asked, during a similar tragedy, “How did God let this happen?”
    The response was, “The question should be, ‘How did we let this happen?’
    Thanks for reminding us to look after the children 🌷

    • That second question places the responsibility for combatting evil exactly where it should be — on our shoulders. Thank you, Lady G. ❤

    • Well said, Lady G! We always ‘blame’ God in these tragic situations, but you are so right when you say what the appropriate question should be. All this time, it never occurred to me that this was the question, and the responsibility lays with those who commit these acts. We ‘blame’ God, and fail to see how much He is grieved by evil and offers us comfort and healing in abundance through His Word. Thanks for this. A real ‘eye opener’!

      • Thank you love.
        When I first heard that question, I thought it was VERY insightful–I never forgot it!
        Hope you’re going well. I’ve had a setback with the cold but am on a new batch of meds so hopefully I can fully shake it soon 🙂
        Always a blessing Lady M 💋

      • Hi Sweetie, sorry to hear about the setback with the cold. Make sure you look after yourself and get better soon. Things not going so great at the moment for me, but I’m still blessed.
        Bless you, Lady G. x

      • Lady M please know that I’m rooting for you✨
        You are in my prayers. Things will lift soon- if they haven’t already😘
        Always much love. As you’ve said, you’re blessed 💋

      • Thank you so much Lady G. I hadn’t expected such a lovely reply (although you are known for them!). I just didn’t think you’d have me in your prayers which makes me feel blessed indeed.
        Much love to you too, xx

      • Of course I keep you and all of my sisters in my prayers and I can feel that you all reciprocate💋

      • You can be sure of that Lady G.:)x

  6. Thank you Anna 🙂
    May you be blessed.

  7. thank you so much Anna for sharing great post
    have a very nice day
    kisses back to you

  8. It’s inconceivable to me, how parents (or anyone) can do terrible things to children…or adults. I’m glad there’s a reckoning coming one day–great need for justice, vindication where wounds remain unhealed. Wishing you a most blessed Thanksgiving, Anna–you are an angel to so many ❤

  9. Reblogged this on The Abuse Expose' with Secret Angel and commented:
    This posting brought tears to my eyes for these children.

  10. This posting brought tears to my eyes. It is so sad that children suffer like this.

  11. Reblogged this on emotionalpeace and commented:
    A heart breaking but excellent post.

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