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Crying For Our Children | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Crying For Our Children

I saw a father sobbing over his child’s heartbreak.

As a parent, we know in our heads that the challenges our kids overcome build their character and develop their empathy.

That doesn’t matter one bit when in our hearts we feel their pain. Not the pain of a hangnail or an inconvenience. But the pain of heartache, disappointment, and loss. We would absorb every gut punch and take it tenfold if it would save their heartbreak.

Life doesn’t work that way.

The father – or the mother – who is sobbing has already given their kids the great gift of all: love.

When our kids know they are loved and we are there to comfort and encourage them, they have a well of strength that will carry them through the heartbreak.

As I saw the father crying over his child, I had a different perspective. My own father never cried over me and never will. I will never know unconditional love and support from him.

My husband and friends have stood in that gap for me.

Our youth need more mentors. I know many young people who have dad gaps like I do. If we want them to flip their childhood scripts and build better lives, it’s going to take responsible adults to mentor and encourage them.

The risk of mentoring young people – both those with parents and those without – is that we too feel their pain.

Would that all young people had a host of friends and family to watch over, encourage, and occasionally cry during their life journeys.

And a warning to the young people I’ve taught, tutored, or worked with as a youth leader – you have a cheerleader in your corner, ready to cheer and rejoice your victories and to cry and pray over your sorrows. For a lifetime.

One Response to “Crying For Our Children”

  1. Liz Vos February 27, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    I am so thankful for God’s provisions in people that redirect me to Him.. He is the One we can count on because humans will ultimately fall short — even unintentionally. May He be the one to heal the wounds that come from living this life. Loving God is a risk and so thankful that Heaven is the reward.

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