And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches.
I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord,
the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
Isaiah 45:3
There is a truth of being human that is often difficult
to acknowledge and accept. Actress and writer Emma
Thompson said it like this: “It’s unfortunate, and I really wish
I wouldn’t have to say this, but I really like human beings who
have suffered. They’re kinder.” Most of us who are willing to
be honest about our own darkest hours as well as let into our
hearts the pain and suffering of others will come to agree with
this sentiment. Suffering softens, if we allow it to do so.
As a parent, I have experienced situations with my
children that cloud and shadow our family life as well as times
in which I felt plunged into darkness. Given a choice, I would
avoid almost all pain and suffering. And as a mom, I would
rarely if ever choose for my child to experience hardship, pain,
sorrow, or even discomfort. Many of us work hard to shield,
avoid, and prevent even an inkling of distress from entering
the lives of our children. Is this a healthy pursuit?
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