At one time or another, we all have – or will – experience betrayal, either by a friend, a loved one or by someone we thought would never hurt us. Most of us never think of a parent or sibling betraying our trust by sexually abusing us, but it happens! Abuses of this nature are planned and designed to happen mostly during the nighttime while others sleep or when no one else is home. The perpetrator then initiates their plan.
For this reason, many survivors may beg God to “hold back the night” because if He “holds back the night,” peace may find its way to visit.
Have you ever been awakened by a storm, a siren, or just an unexpected sound or noise? Can you remember how your heart jumped and how startled you were? If so, you know a little of what survivors feel when a perpetrator awakens them during the middle of the night. It is horrifying when someone you trust awakens you from a deep sleep as they crawl into bed with you. The person you thought would never hurt you for their own selfish pleasure comes to your bed to do you harm. This person you have known all of your life now wants to hurt you. And, to make matters worse, that person threatens you afterward if you told! Those threatening thoughts start to flood like rushing water through your mind. Not only was the victim betrayed by a person they knew but also by the other person in the house who knew said nothing. The other person in the house denied that they knew what was happening all those horrible nights. That other person drew silent from your pain. Yes, “the silence of a friend” can definitely be worse than “the words of an enemy.” Do you wonder why this person said they didn’t know? Did this person not care enough to stop the pain?
I’ve listened to survivors as they tell me their stories say
“even now that I’m grown, I’m still awakened in the night afraid because those nights’ memories are embedded and haunting in my mind and spirit. But my plea has not changed:
“God, Hold Back the Night.””
I hope the below songs will encourage you no matter what you are going through!
Additional Reading Material-
Bible holds many stories of betrayal
Betrayal’s Baby by P.B. Wilson
Hold Back the Night
Hold back the night.
Give me strength to fight.
I’ll do Your will
If You just say to my storm
“Peace be still.”
Oh Lord, I love Your name.
Every day You’re just the same.
I’ll be all right
If You just hold back the night.
Solo: The storm is raging
Satan keeps tryin
To pull me down.
But Lord, You told me
In Your word I could abide.
So stretch forth Your mighty hand
And hold back the night.
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Another song that may help
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