Week 32 Day 3
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 5: 4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
“Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” The hope of comfort, the need for catharsis is a fact. Too often we are tempted to try to help folks shortcut the grieving process of the death of a loved one. But that is not the only reason people mourn. The sensitive soul often weeps for the state of the world and those around them. I have wept over the choices people close to me have made. Seeing the inevitable consequences of those choices but being powerless in any real and meaningful way to prevent them. Solomon in his wisdom wrote (Proverbs 22:6) Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. While some Bible translators will add the superlative, “even when they are old” that does not really square with the original language, or with the reality of life. Yes, that sentiment is great for hopeful parents, but the reality of the pain and confusion of self-actualization of adolescence is a time anxiety, agony, and confusion for both child and parent. And guess what. There is no road map, no hard and fast rules, no one size fits all approach.
The best thing we can do is to trust God. The truth of the proverb is that the instruction and care that children receive from their parents goes a long way toward influencing the more mature decisions of their lives. It’s a struggle to guide them through their adolescent years and the society into which they thrust themselves is toxic at best. Grace, love, forgiveness, and understanding are they keys to surviving the “blunder years”. I recall the wisdom of my mother when I was beginning as a father. “You can’t put old heads on kids.”