I sat down to work in the coffee shop like I do most days. I happened to sit right next to a father emphatically describing and defending to his high school aged daughter why he is divorcing her mother. Oh, so painful to hear and feel the pain radiating around them. At one point I felt nudged to pause my music (the magic of air-pod pro headphones) and listen. What I heard broke my heart. The daughter said, “I don’t think about my childhood because it is too painful” (yes, she is only in high school)… the father’s response, “I don’t have any good memories of my childhood either.”
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I wanted to leap to my feet in tears and passion and tell them of the path to healing that is available. That your story can be healed!!! Little girl, you are so loved! Little boy you are so loved! AAAHHH My heart hurts.
As the father and daughter got up from the table and walked out, the best I could do is pray healing, peace and blessing on their behalf; allowing my broken heartedness to be my prayer for them.
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Please don’t forget how much this world needs you. There is so much pain and hurt, pushed just under the surface, that every person carries around with them. So, next time you interact with someone, no matter who they are or how you feel about them, remember they are a beloved child of God. Remember, they carry a weight of pain that is staggering and need love. Offer a smile, a kind word, eye contact, or any kindness that could make them feel like they matter.
God’s plan to heal and love the world is through you.