It isn’t until a person has experienced brokenness that they realize how fragile things can be… things like hearts, and dreams, and promises. We want to shelter our kids from the pain that these broken bits can cause them, but at the same time, we have to realize that until they have experienced loss, they will never need to measure their words, or weigh the consequences, or consider their actions.
It’s a fine line to walk, teaching kids how to keep faith in people, when you and eventually they know that people will at some point let us down. There has to be a reserve of strength in us as human beings that can just let things be as they are, let people be as they are, without it rocking our own foundations. That’s why we plant our hopes in the Lord first and foremost – He is unchanging, unfailing, and never ending. Everything else will pass away, but the Word of God will not pass away – God IS and WAS and ALWAYS WILL BE. He can take our brokenness and turn it into something beautiful, and that’s the most important lesson we can teach our kids. If we don’t turn it over to Him, our losses are in vain. And THAT is the true tragedy.