There was a young woman who was petite in stature but had the might of a great warrior. She would fight if you did not agree with her, fight if she thought you were trying to deceive her, but her greatest fight was with herself. The daily internal conflict of putting the great warrior mask on for her family and friends was exhausting but she did it with a robotic ease. Day in and day out, she wore the delicate skin on her face down as her great warrior mask took on a life of its own. What she did not realize was that her loved ones knew it was a facade – the veil revealed whispers of pain and humiliation. Domestic violence was something she would never tolerate, however she did not have a clear understanding of this elusive beast. One day her sister removed her mask and said, “I see you, Please know your worth is more precious than diamonds and love does not hurt. The sister remembered these words and knew they were meant to be shared.
1 Corinthians 13 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
The young woman looked at her son and made a choice to no longer allow her fiancee to abuse them. She said she realized the facade had consumed her but that shame would not kill her.