Red Vine Spirituality

Taylor K. Arthur balances Bipolar 1 Disorder, marriage, and motherhood with a nitty-gritty faith inspiring a twisted, blissful life.

A day for Mattie {the only justice I can give}

Dear RVS Family,

I didn’t post today because I spent my writing time at the King County Courthouse in support of our dear cousin, Matthew Schwed, who was grossly abused by a caretaker. I sat there, listening to the sentencing, thinking we really need more Sheep Dogs.

We need so many of us who have been lulled to sleep by the 40/hr/ a week dream to wake up, and start taking care of the innocent and the broken and the defenseless. We need to be better, friends: we need to find a better way to support each other, to be more human, to open our hearts to each other.

This was a breaking day. A drive home with a headache day. A we’ve got to do better day. A this system is broken if it allows the vulnerable to be despised and their abusers to walk away freely day.

To the Schweds: I love you, my family. I keep thinking of the scripture in Amos:

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and this quote from Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel,

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My eyes fill with tears as I realize again and again we live in a society who takes care of the oppressor and turns her into a victim.

I pray for justice, and healing for your hearts. I pray for peace to prevail above all other things, and for you to feel God’s hand in this mess.

There is nothing else but tears, and prayers, and rants to heaven.

With all my heart,

your niece and cousin and sister,


1 Comment

  1. it doesn’t say anything about what her abuser got 🙁 I don’t think she should have gotten off because of it. But the abuser should be charged with collusion or something

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