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5/9/2013 10:58:00 PM
Joy and Peace
The Journal
By Jeanette Johnson

It is 1:40 a.m. and my legs are swelling again, making it hard to sleep. The movie, "Clancy and Nick" on the recent Parables channel came to mind. We all need hugs, kisses, and atta girl/atta boy moments to love others and ourselves.

I thank God for those silent servants, who mentor others in their journey, share their faith and hope, pouring out compassion, mercy and being there for others.

In Oklahoma, we have one of the highest incarceration rates for women. There are thousands of children who have one or both parents in jail or prison.

What we find pleasure in will call our name again when freed from the legal system. Addictions take over our ability to think normally.

It is a vicious cycle that consumes our families, the court system and our country. The past year we have seen how severe psychological problems have led young children to take their own lives, and mass killings of innocent people. Where is the support system to help the children?

Can anyone take the stigma from other children calling him or her names? Can they ever have a chance in life?

What can they believe if mom or dad comes home? What struck me most is the way Clancy kept praying for her mom to "be well" so she could go home. With her backpack and bear and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, she began her journey on the streets.

The sandwiches did not last long. She started following Nick and wanted to hang out with him. He was not interested in anybody to be responsible for in life. However, he had a friend in the police department to call. He was sure she was a runaway.

His friend was going to come and get her. When he talked to his Chief and the Mayor, they sent him out of town on assignment.

Sadly, this became a political issue, use this child as an abduction scheme. The Chief gave Nick the promise of $10,000 if he would keep Clancy off the streets for one week. He agreed got some money up front.

Nick was angry and uncomfortable with her innocence and talk about God.

She followed him to his alley after he had shopped for some snacks. He finally gave her a blanket to cover up with next to his shack. In the morning Clancy found a lost puppy and she was hungry again.

She asked him to get them some food and something for the puppy to eat. While he was gone, some loan sharks came to collect what he owed. They had a gun on Clancy and they said, "Give us the girl and we'll call it paid."

That was when it snapped for Nick and all the training in the military came out as he took them down. They had to pack up and find a place he knew about in another town.

Little did either of them know that those tender moments in a park, hot dogs, the rescue from the well, and later the birthday party in an old hunting shack would be all the joy in her young life. He left to get some things for their birthday party.

With construction paper, crayons, and imagination she created origami ornaments and wrote the story for Nick called, "The everything you need to know about God book."

When he came in there were candles, and he could feel the love coming from her heart He didn't know what to do. She gave him the book and he have her his Medal of Honor.

They had pop, pretzels and cookies. Some where in that evening all the chains that had bound him for years were broken. In the Bible it says . . . "and a little child shall lead them." Seldom do we see a child who lived under the ugliest of situations "walk the talk."

Nick had already called the Chief and said he didn't want the money, just for Clancy to go somewhere safe. There was just one more night until that event took place.

Lurking in the dark that night would be police, swat teams and violence. Then the voice came over the megaphone and the spotlights hit the shack, Nick told her to lay down and stay still.

He went out and the only friend he had was the policeman who came back early to stop this injustice. Some of the men started shooting through the hut.

Nick ran back inside and found Clancy shot. They arrested him and took her to a hospital.

She was losing a lot of blood. The next day he was released due to his friend in the police department. He took him to his home to clean up and go see Clancy.

They talked and he pinned the Medal of Honor on her gown. He told her he would back in the morning and that the puppy was safe. In the morning he was at the hospital to see Clancy. All he found was a neatly made bed.

Where was she? Maybe they moved her to another room. He went to find a nurse who finally said that she had died early in the morning. He fell to the fl oor and finally made it outside.

The anguish in his face would have melted a heart of stone. Nick believed that he could care again. You see, Nick had believed that God wouldn't forgive him.

The sadness is in the loss of her young life but the power of her belief was, "If you believe in God and that you will go to Heaven when you die, then there is nothing to be afraid of." Nick could have chosen the streets again or found something of value in what Clancy showed him by example.

In the next scene we find Nick, cleaned up and working for a construction company, and has a place with the puppy.

On the wall in his home was the book that she had written for him. Later at the cemetery Nick knew she was at peace, and he found God.

If you think there are some people that you are about to give up on, remember whose presence you walk in and follow where your heart leads you to minister.

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