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Children of the World

DSC_0077, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton. (This beautiful child is Bryn Allard.)

If you ever hear I’ve been thrown in jail, you might suspect the crime’s root to spring from the pitiful situation of a child. On more than one occasion, in a grocery store or along a mall corridor, I’ve had to restrain myself when I saw children being mistreated. The mother, a snatching harridan, yells and jerks her pale-faced baby. The child cowers; his rapid eyes jerk to announce his terror. Helpless before the tornado of adult anger, the child is limp—or stiff—nowhere to turn, no one to speak for him.

And with pity, I see the frustration of the mom, frazzled, no doubt overwhelmed by life, having too many responsibilities and too few resources. Probably missing are positive role models, supportive people who might hand her a needed respite and who would provide critical rest from the excruciating challenge of parenting. I long to tap her on the shoulder with an offer of help.

On consecutive days, I have heard radio reports of two separate incidents where toddlers were given marijuana and shown how to smoke the stuff. I was incensed when I heard these stories, and was reminded anew of the vulnerability of precious small children.

Scripture speaks to this issue in Genesis 33:13-15. “And he said unto him, My lord knoweth that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.

“Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as…the children be able to endure…”

I’m pleading today for the children of the world. I’m begging mothers and fathers to lead softly, to be tender with your precious, delicate children. Please ask for help if you feel out of control, or if you feel overwhelmed or you seem to be lacking in the ability to parent your babies. Please. Someone will help you. Your job is the most important in the world. It is an exhausting and labor-intensive job; one that at times is extremely frustrating. You are not alone in this world. There are caring people who will support and assist you.

Some of you may want to read the sordid details of one of these incidents here.

Police said the video shows the 2-year-old and 5-year-old brothers smoking the drug, which was given to them by their uncle and a friend who lives with the family.

“In 25 years, I have never seen anything remotely close to this,” said Police Chief Bruce Ure of the Watauga Police Department.

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

11 replies on “Children of the World”

Thanks to you who have read here and who are grieved at the mistreatment of the children of the world.

Please continue to pray for these innocents.

Love to all of you.



Jana, mother of beautiful Bryn, thank you for sharing your joy at the beauty of your daughter, and for your grief at the sorrow in this world.

Such reports are indescribably sad.

Love to all of you,



Just amazing.

If I’m honest, I didn’t believe you or NBC at first. I’ve just seen the video, and I still find it difficult to believe. Never mind the moral side to it (many others have described the obvious in this respect) but how on earth do you get a 2 year old to inhale smoke? It’s all I can do to get mine to sit down and eat his dinner. Even when I started smoking as a teenager, I found it difficult to take smoke into my lungs.

And why would you want to get a child stoned, particularly if you had to look after it? A child’s view of the universe is only slightly less than lunatic at the best of times, without further unhinging it with weed.

And many, many more questions. At first I was tempted to assume a cultural gap (I’m British) to explain it away, but I’m pretty sure this is as insane in Texas as it is in Timbuktoo.

I’m utterly bewildered by the whole story. Which makes me think I’m getting old. Or mad. Or both.


Bryn is a very cute girl, which I’m sure is what Jen is talking about when she made her comment. It is terribly sad and disturbing to read of children being abused in such a manner. It seems like so many are losing natural affection and becoming more barbarian. It does make me long more for the Lord’s return.


I do believe that is one of the most beautiful faces I have ever seen!!! Oh, how I love that girl!

When I read stories of children being abused, I feel so angry and helpless. Just a couple days ago, there was a story in the news of a young dad who stabbed his wife multiple times and then handed the knife to their two year old and instructed him, “Stab Mommy.” Reading such news makes me want to pray, “Come, Lord Jesus.” We have heard this question so many times, but what is this world coming to?


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