Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 15, 2009

@Military_Mom Needs Compassion not Criticism

It never occurred to me to doubt the tweet about the drowning of a 2 year old yesterday.  Instead I immediately prayed for the outcome and re-tweeted for my followers to see and hopefully continue the prayer chain.  This is something I love about Twitter–the opportunity to see the need and, either fill that need (if possible) or pray for the results. 

Today, I am disheartened to see people, who obviously lack compassion particularly at this time of year, berate and criticize the mother for what they see as neglect and inattention to her child.  I am sure she already feels enough guilt that no one should feel the need to pack it on.  I have a 3 year old who is active and curious.  She loves to explore and her favorite activity is exerting her independence by trying to sneak away.  She does not know the dangers that lurk around her.  She has no fear.  I am sure @Military_Mom’s son was the same way.  Our children do not know fear.  They are naturally inquisitive and particularly if they know something is off-limits will push the envelope as far as it will go.

It’s easy for those of us who have not gone through the loss of a child or loved one to criticize the actions of another.  Put yourself in her shoes.  Feel her pain.  Ask God to comfort her as only He can.  Don’t sit on the other side and tell her she’s a bad mother or worse tweet all of your followers what you think really happened.  This mother needs our love.  She needs to know that people care about her.

When I first started seeing all of the negative tweets, the first thought that came into my head was Ebenezer Scrooge’s line “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”  Mr. Scrooge lacked compassion.  He lacked love.   At this time of the year, when our love should be most evident, we need to let @Military_Mom feel God’s love surround her with our words of comfort and mercy.


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