A freelance writer in New York City was talking about his childhood. Before his tenth birthday the family had moved five times, each time to a new community. His most vivid memory of each move was seeing his mother cry, always in the new house. He remembered his mother’s “broken-hearted weeping” (as he put it) as she unpacked the boxes. He remembered his father saying to him, “Your mother will be all right, son. She is saying good-bye to the friends she has left so she can make new friends here. We must let her grieve.”
There is a profound and valuable Biblical principal at work in this simple incident. One of the clearest statements of this principal is…
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