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"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass







Monday, March 19, 2012

I Run For Their Lives

photo source: love146


I run for these nameless daughters
that have been given a number
for the price of their soul.

I think of these daughters who
at 8, 10, 12 have had more than their innocence stripped from them
but also their ability to find a safe-house in mankind.

My feet find their rhythm on the street
knowing that every minute my legs rise and fall upon that pavement
two children have risen to take the evil that has been thrust upon them.

Despair for what I cannot do
my arms pump wildly at my side
as if to frantically flee the haunting images of hell on earth.

Through the ache of burning breaths 
as the miles stretch on
I realize that they are not alone- 

No, we belong to each other.

Love protects.
Love defends.
Love restores.

As long as there are hearts to hear
and people called to action
we have not abandoned these daughters.

So I will put one foot in front of the other.
My voice in movement.
My humanity in motion.

I run for daughter 146.



I join my voice with running bloggers over at I Run For Their Lives where the Daily Mile Challenge is for each participant to run 146 miles to raise awareness {and maybe some cash} for this great cause.  

I've been kind of slow and sporadic at tracking my progress, but with the warmer weather, I am renewing efforts here, and will reach my 146 mile goal.

Wouldn't it be great if you too, by joining your daily exercise routine, could help raise awareness?

Should you not be a runner, there are plenty of other ways to support this organization, check out the video of how this organization got its start above, and go to Love 146 to find out more.






{sharing with soli deo gloriaJust Writepainting prose  }

49 comments:

  1. Tara, such beautiful words on a heartbreaking subject. Thank you so much for joining us.

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  2. This IS a heart wrenching subject. Hard to understand such evil. And your words put me right there with you. Now checking out the video, and beyond. God bless your continued efforts!

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  3. beautiful poem for a horrible tragedy...thanks for running and writing...may the God who sees help us to help them...

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  4. I LOVE this! I work for UnBound an anti-trafficking organization. When I see things like this I am filled with hope. Thank you for making a difference. I love your writing. I am visiting from Jen's by the way!

    Elizabeth Griffin

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  5. so proud of you in doing this and thank you for reminding me that we can make a difference one step at a time. I am not a runner, but I can walk and pray.

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  6. Okay, I hate running, and I'm still inspired.

    How about you guest post over at my place with a little something, something about this? Come on. Get ready for the whiney beg....phhhhhullllease?

    Email me if you are up for it. asullivan12@frontier.com

    ps I'm gong to share this on twitter...you know because I tweet and stuff now...ha! But really, off to share.

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  7. oh how wonderful...i love how you wrote this....keep running...each mile counts...blessings~

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  8. You're amazing! I love that you're using your voice and your blog (and your sneakers!) to raise awareness. It really is inspiring!

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  9. love this, tara. my heart breaks as i read more and more about this. we have someone coming to our church this week to speak on this particular subject and my heart races every time i begin thinking of it. good for you for taking such a personal approach! you inspire others. you inspire ME. thank you for taking the time to share this.
    steph

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  10. Wonderful words, wonderful cause...

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  11. I work at a college and we had a speaker on human trafficking not long ago. It is hard to believe some of the evil in this world. Thank you for sharing about this organization.

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  12. "So I will put one foot in front of the other.
    My voice in movement.
    My humanity in motion."

    This is so beautiful. I know with each step and prayer, God is honoring your passion and voice.

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  13. Tara, what a reason to run! Really enjoyed reading your heart behind this. Very inspirational.

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  14. This makes me smile . . . Would you know that these are my people? And my best friend co-founded this org. You go girl, I'm cheering you on all the way on from New Haven.

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  15. That is beautiful. And such a worthy goal. I run, meh, ten miles a week? But maybe I'll join in all the same.

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  16. I am moved to tears. The next step is to move to action. Thank you for spreading this word and for your beautiful poem. Ellen

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  17. This is so, so beautiful. And this...Love protects.
    Love defends.
    Love restores...this took my breath away.

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  18. What an incredible cause. And the way you wrote about it. Wow. Just wow. Your words took my breath away...I felt as though I was running alongside you.

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  19. Great! I am a runner so I'm definitely interested.

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  20. Beautiful. Your words. Heartbreaking. The story.. Amazing. Your commitment.

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  21. really beautiful words. i'll have to check out the video. thank you.

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  22. Thanks for running for others!!! Beautiful!

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  23. Beautiful. I am not a runner, but I am so inspired by those that are. And especially by your cause.

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  24. Thank you for bringing that site to my attention. I'd heard about that problem, but it was interesting to learn more about it. And kudos to you for doing something to combat the issue. Much success with your run.

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  25. That was horrible and beautiful all in one. Thank you so much for educating me. I WILL be passing this forward!

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  26. You have a beautiful heart pumping for a beautiful cause, Tara. Proud of you! Oh if we all would fight the ugly in this world one step at a time... I walk for other causes, but will be passing this one along to those who can fill the void. Thank you!

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  27. Thanks for alerting us to this very worthy cause. I recently saw a film, The Whistleblower, which deals with just this subject. It was unnerving to say the least and I have not been able to get it out of my mind. Particularly in this climate when certain members of our society would like to turn back the clock and keep women where they think their place should be. I will certainly support this. Lovely writing, as well.

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  28. Oh my gosh! I must live under a rock or something, I had no idea this was such a huge issue! As a fellow runner, I'm definitely going to check out the links you've listed.

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  29. Very powerfully written. And heartbreaking. Words just fail me.

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  30. Thank you. As one who works in Thailand with children to prevent this happening, I thank you for your efforts.

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  31. I love what you are doing, Tara! A great gift for daughter 146!

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  32. this is such a wonderful cause... i am so impressed and moved by your work. here's hoping this inspires others (including myself) to action!

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  33. Thank you for linking to the video. For all the terrible tragedies and injustices, the on-going torture of children - accepted and supported by so many - is incredibly humbling and horrifying. Great post.

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  34. This is beautiful. Thank you for your work with this amazing cause.

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  35. Oh...I want to run too. Thank you for sharing the cause.

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  36. Thank you for linking up and sharing such a great organization. I have recently started running and will now look into this group and supporting it with my efforts.

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  37. Beautiful writing and an amazing cause. Thank you for introducing me to it (though I wish it didn't have to exist at all).

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  38. This is really a wonderful idea, and your writing is beautiful! Would you consider writing a post about this project for my blog What in The World R U Doing 4 Christ's sake? I need something for next Friday the 30th...

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    1. of course! It would be an honor... let's chat about length, feel, all that good stuff: tpohlkotte@att.net :)

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    2. Got it! Feel free to browse through past posts, but as far as feel goes, however your voice sings is what I long to hear.... http://whatintheworldrudoing.wordpress.com

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  39. Good cause, good for you! (-: Applauding you here from the sidelines...

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  40. Thank you for this BEAUTIFUL piece and tribute! And thank you for supporting our work!!!!

    Rob Morris
    President & Co-founder
    Love146

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    1. Oh Rob,
      The thanks goes to you. Really. It is such an honor to be able to support an organization that is built on love and the value of every life. I will continue to add my voice any way I can. For they are all of our daughters...and you bring them home to our hearts.

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  41. this is great! I am a runner and haven't hear about this but I am excited to know more. Thanks!

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  42. What a beautiful cause. I've not heard of this. I used to be a runner and wish I still could be. May God bless you as you run for their lives.

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