Recently a mother here in Oklahoma was given a long prison sentence because her 8-month-old had drown in a bucket of mop water.  She gave conflicting stories of how the baby happened to fall into the water.  Obviously the jury must have thought it was deliberate.

Horrors are happening to children at younger and younger ages.  I feel hopeless about the current raising of monsters who perpetuate the horror.  It is Halloween month.  The month for scary things to come out and roam.  Back in the days when Fairy Tales were fairy tales perhaps it was a thrill to get the adrenaline flowing, but no longer is it a light and playful matter!

I remember when I first heard gossip regarding a murder; I guess I was near eight-ten years old. My mother and her friends discussed it in lowered voices being concerned about little listening ears. Apparently an acquaintance had burned a small trailer house with his wife and two children in it. I dare say not many under 50 can remember the first murder they heard about.  It has become so common place.  Now it is everyday talk, many times without even considering little listening ears. 

And abuse?  Too long kept under cover.  Family and neighbors, get help for those who are hurting.  Let’s quit playing with fire by consuming “entertainment” forms that glorify wickedness and violence.

I pray “Come, Lord Jesus, come.” To me that seems to be my last best hope; I’m ready to admit man/woman cannot handle themselves.

A scripture comforts the children of God: “God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are his, and, …” But when I think of the sinner and his children, I despair and cry out, “Oh, Lord, come quickly.” Then I turn again to his Word, and read “If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” 




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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Amen, Oneta. Sad but true.

  2. you raise such a startlingly point—‘can you remember the first time you heard talk of and realized what a murder was’…as they are now so common place with just the click of the news…we hear of all sorts of tragic mayhem.
    The recent news here from the Atlanta area is of the young twenty five year old mother of two who put her children in the oven, where they died….
    Each day it is more and more evil and horrific—

    Yes Oneta, Judgement day is coming—and there are days I don’t think it can come fast enough….

  3. oneta hayes says:

    Yes, even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.

  4. Salvageable says:

    I agree with everything you wrote, but especially about “playing with fire by consuming entertainment forms that glorify wickedness and violence.” If people fill their minds with that garbage, who can be surprised when they start acting the same way. J.

  5. Faye says:

    Yes. Oneta. I agree with what you have written. Personally I think the perpetrating of Halloween which began as a pagan festival of the worst kind is not beneficial to children but only making the concept of wickedness and violence perhaps seen as acceptable. The very idea of ‘you reward me or I will do something bad to you’ trick or treat is barbaric. Thank you for making us think. One day there will be a Judgment Day and what ‘stuff’ will be revealed then. Let’s guard our children and grandchildren as much as we can in our lifetimes.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, we will guard, teach, and keep our own, and pray that the “unseen” will be revealed to reach those outside our own families. And we as a society need the good judgement to know the difference between an open hand on the bottom of a dressed child is not the same as a beating. There is so much fear now that parents (especially those from joined or blended families) are often scared to discipline in that way. They end up doing much worse by shutting kids in closets or berating them with their words.

  6. Dawn Marie says:

    How broken is our world, with so many who look at what the world has to offer to fill them up… Lord, may we all be the ones who reach out to help those in need and point them all to You.

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