I used to believe, many, many years ago, that prayer would keep me, and those I loved, safe. I learned rather early on that life is not so simple or easy.
Utah has been gripped, this week, by the search for missing 5-year-old Destiny Norton. Unfortunately, the search did not end well. The little girl’s body was found in a neighbor’s basement, and the man booked into jail. Prayer did not keep Destiny safe. I would really hope that some would not say it was because her parents did not live the ideal life, or pay a faithful tithe, or even go to Church. I would HOPE that no one would stoop that that.
This little girl was an innocent. It matters not who her parents were, and what their standing in the community was. She was a baby, and she was murdered.
This is a not a safe world we live in. Mormon, Catholic, Jew, Muslim, Presbyterian–kiss your children and be grateful for the warmth you feel on their brow. Remember that argument you had just an hour ago, maybe about bedtime, and be grateful their mouths could open to argue. Remember the look they gave you as they stomped out, and never, ever, forget it, for life is fragile. Tomorrow you may not see that look again. And you will miss it, no matter what you think.
Condolences to Destiny’s family. Godspeed to Destiny. We’re sorry we couldn’t keep you safe. Please, God, allow us to do better next time.