A miracle unfolded before our eyes this past week that is so wonderful, yet so saddening at the same time. I have often thought of the many miracles that were performed back in the days of old and wonder why those miracles are not seen today. It hit me today as if a ton of bricks had been thrown on top of me. Would we really believe that someone was walking upon water or would we just pass it off as another theatrical trick? We would scrutinize it until it was no longer a miracle but a hoax. That is why in the present day we have to take our miracles as they come and Jaycee Lee Dugard just happened to be our miracle this past week.
As many of you have read through various news media broadcastings and newspapers an eleven year old girl was kidnapped 18 years ago while walking to her bus stop, right in front of her step-father. The step-father was frantic and even tried chasing the car down on a mountain bike, while talking on the phone with a 911 operator. He received nothing from that experience but a broken heart, marriage, and police scrutiny for 18 years. Wow, what a hard thing for any one person to live with. Jaycee Lee Dugard’s mother was left with a broken heart, marriage, and the guilt of leaving her daughter unprotected. That is also a lot for one person to live with as well. You are left to wonder how much salt was poured into those wounds over the years.
Then we were informed about the kidnapper and his wonderful wife, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Garrido. The people were told of Mr. Garrido’s prior histories with the same behavioral patterns displayed again and again. It has left a bad taste in a lot of peoples’ mouths. We are left to wonder how and why this happened, yet there were numerous opportunities to blow the whistle on this case. It started with the descriptions that the step-father gave and ended with a 29 year old girl walking into a police department last week. Who is to blame? Well, we can all take a little bit of the blame, but why share blame when we can share in a miracle? We can sit around and scrutinize until the cows come home but will that change the course of events from the past 18 years for this woman?
What next? I have heard this question asked many times over the past few days. I say we show mercy and pray for Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Garrido. What? Are you Crazy? Mercy? For a horrible and selfish couple? Yes! Exactly that! They are going to need all of the mercy they can get. Judgment day is coming for them and they will meet their maker, whom they will have to answer to for all the wicked things they have done. They will both have to answer for every horrible moment that they created in this life. We as law abiding citizens can not judge someone else’s mistakes as we have many of our own. We also will be judged and me personally don’t want the added mistake of judging someone else’s actions.
We must pray for not only the Garrido couple but for all those involved in this situation. We must pray for Jaycee and her two children. We must pray for Jaycee’s mother and her step-father. We must pray for the police officers and the FBI agents who helped with this case. We must pray for the Judge who will sit and listen to hours upon hours of gruesome testimony. We must pray for the lawyers involved with this case. We must pray for the jailers who will have to care for these two high profile inmates. We must care and pray for the safety of everyone involved.
The miracle and the lesson from all of this; that what affects one person affects all people. Jaycee Lee Dugard was hidden away from the world for 18 years but look how she has brought so many people together. She has made millions of people out there believers that miracles do happen. Please pray for her and her family, but most of all please pray for Garrido family. Please pray that God has mercy on them because no one else will.
The Associated Press