Dear friends and interested followers of the Baynes, I trust that you have enjoyed a wonderful, even memorable Christmas. More than that, I am hoping this New Year 2011, becomes a standout in every positive manner possible. Happy New Year is my wish for you.
That is certainly what I am trusting will be true for Zabeth and Paul Bayne. A Year of Happiness. Certainly the New Year will start remarkably because very soon Zabeth will give birth to her fourth child. He already has a name. He will be called 'Josiah,' an interesting choice because it means 'God heals.' It is a name bestowed with faith by his parents. Parents who have endured insult, allegation, accusation and deprivation. These parents are a rarity. Many parents give up. Their faith is rare. Faith in the MCFD Team that has managed their case would be misplaced. Paul's and Zabeth's faith is in their LORD in heaven. Don't fault them. Our political society is tending to correctly accommodate people of all faiths except Christianity. The faith of this maligned couple pronounces this soon-to-be-born child's name as the explanation for the anticipated return of the three Bayne siblings. God will heal this family. It's been broken for far too long, a distastefully lengthy time. Good people everywhere should be outraged at a child protection and legal system that can ignore time-lines and parameters of its own guiding Act and delay the administration of justice in the case of children where every year is so important to nurture. The birth of this boy will be momentous for the Baynes, their family and their friends. All the Baynes wanted when they were married was a large family and property on which the children could play and grow and learn to love God and one another and others. I know that because I was the one invited to officiate their marriage ceremony. I spent hours with them in preparation for their wedding vows of commitment. The children were taken from them. Their property was forfeited in the legal struggle to get their children back. Yet still Paul and Zabeth can say confidently that 'God heals.'
The healing of the family will also be an event of such import in 2011, not just because it will end over three years of invasive, antagonistic, adversarial activity by MCFD but also because that family restoration could inspire the efforts of hundreds of parents and advocates. They may now take courage to speak out louder and longer, to go public, to let their story sound the weaknesses of a system that is misinterpreted at the front lines.