You know, someone once described the joy and anxiety of parenthood as the equivalent of having your heart outside of your body all the time, walking around.
With their very first cry, this most precious, vital part of ourselves, our child, is suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice, and every parent knows there’s nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm.
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, Dating Communication 101, Get Real About Romance, Attracting Healthy Partners.And yet we also know that with that child’s very first step and each step after that, they are separating from us, that we won’t -- that we can’t always be there for them.They will suffer sickness and setbacks and broken hearts and disappointments, and we learn that our most important job is to give them what they need to become self-reliant and capable and resilient, ready to face the world without fear. It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize no matter how much you love these kids, you can’t do it by yourself, that this job of keeping our children safe and teaching them well is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community and the help of a nation. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we’re meeting our obligations?Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? We’ll make mistakes, we’ll experience hardships and even when we’re trying to do the right thing, we know that much of our time will be spent groping through the darkness, so often unable to discern God’s heavenly plans.You know, all the world’s religions, so many of them represented here today, start with a simple question. There’s only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other.