Friday, June 20, 2008
In the book, "Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul," Stasi Eldredge writes, "Having a child is like having your heart walk around outside your body." All parents should attest to that feeling, but I've known some who were able to walk away from their children. I can't imagine ever doing that. Even as old as my own children are now, never in their lives did I ever feel I could walk away from them. They have my heart. That's why it is so devastingly heart breaking when a child turns away from the parent, when a child sees the parent as the enemy, when a child makes choices that bring him harm, and when communication between parent and child is broken. In those empty times, the only solace the parent has is knowing their child can't walk so far away that God can't find them and bring them back. The writer of Lamentations puts it this way, "Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I hope in Him."