You're four, now.
Balloons flood your hall, while pink and white streamers dance along your doorway.
And you twirl...faster...faster...faster, as if you're spinning to capture the taste, the elation...
And as you reach the peak of your movement, you just as quickly crash with the wails of a lover who has forgotten the very definition of love...
Because your definition of love is unreachable.
And you scream with the horror of men who stand among the bloody battle...
Because at four, you've survived your own war-scarred battles...again, and again, and again.
So, I reach for you, striving with all that I am to hush away the symptoms, longing to rip away the roots of the darkness that haunts you...
But removing those roots would remove the very core of our Cinderella. Of the story you've been given.
I move towards your soul, steadily seeking you through your darting eyes,
And you roar with the anger of injustice that sees no remedy.
Pushing away the safety before you, you claw, tearing at your skin, but really...
You're shredding the scaly layers of your tale, searching to remember how you reached this point...
But you can't rip enough away to remove the pain of your soul, no matter how deeply you scrape.
And realizing this infuriates you, with a rage that was never created to be known by you...
So you turn to me, kicking, screaming, flailing against the one thing you know will cradle you when the battle is lost, when the fighting has subsided.
My taking it only makes you angrier, until you collapse. War torn and weary, you whisper,
My heart's so tired, Mommy.
And if I could, Baby, I would take the deepest cut; I would claw through the unbearable pain that haunts you in the days, and chases your dreams at night, but I can't.
I wasn't made to do that.
So I take you to the One who did it for me.
I wrap you in my arms and rock you to the whispers of, Yes, Jesus loves you. Yes, Jesus loves you.
Between your tears you cling tighter, Mommy, I'm so sorry. I just don't want to hurt anymore inside.
Shhh...Yes, Jesus loves you...
And my heart strains to feel my Savior who is cradling me under His tender wings. My ears strive to hear the whispers of His name over my soul so that I can look into your eyes once again and tell you...
That you were never meant for this. You were made for Jesus.
I love you with all that I am, and I always will.