Mary Selby, a Caffeinated Thoughts contributor, has a beautiful piece on love and vulnerability. She asks, “Would we avoid affectionate attachment, so as to not feel inevitable anguish?” For me, the message is more than timely as I lost my grandfather this week. Despite the loss, I thank God for the joy that I experienced in the presence of my family. I tasted just a little bit of the goodness of God. Though we live in a fallen word, God’s grace is greater!
“Life means death and there is no escaping the pain that it brings. As C. S. Lewis stated, “Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.” In order to live the highest joys, one must experience the lowest lows. Loving an animal, especially for a child, is the first steps of experiencing life and death, joy and pain. These may be the baby steps that help prepare for the loss of a grandparent or friend and should not be discounted and avoided, but embraced as part of growing pains that go along with life in a fallen world.”
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