This month SAY has been engaging in hot topics.
The first week we talked about the war in Afghanistan and how our faith informs the questions we ask and the prayers we pray about war, soldiers, and the people of Afghanistan.
Last week we talked about the earthquake in Haiti. Brandon Gilvin from Week of Compassion came and shared with us. We discused the future for Haiti and how and where our faith calls us to respond and stand with the Haitians.
This week we are talking about dating.
I am sure we will ask the common dating questions….
….how do you know if your in love
….how do you break up with someone without breaking their heart
….what do you do if the person your dating wants to physically go further than you do
But I wonder if we will ask questions about dating violence?
….what do you do if your girlfriend is controlling and texts you every moment
….what do you do if your boyfriend hits you and then tells you he loves you and apologizes
….what if your friend is dating someone who puts her down all the time
….what about sexting
February is the month to ask these kinds of questions. It is teen dating violence awareness month. To learn more check out the website for breaking the cycle of dating violence. http://www.breakthecycle.org/ See what you can do if you find yourself in a situation like this or how you can help your friends.
Say a prayer that one day all people will be in loving relationships that are about real love…love with respect, kindness, and care. The kind of forgiving, graceful, beautiful love that comes from God.