“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
Whether it is a friend, significant other, or family member – relationships bring both great joy and great pain. When I am in the center of the painful points I am sometimes tempted to covet an “easier life” that would be void of such pain bearing relationships. But I know that not only is that not POSSIBLE, but it is also not PROFITABLE. We learn in the pain-filled points. We see our sin more clearly-our need for a savior more clearly. We are blessed by the example of our Triune Creator who engages in intimate fellowship despite ALL outcomes of hurt and short fallings. We are reminded of the grace extended to us-grace than we are commanded to extend to others. We are reminded that God is at work in each and every scenario whether we see him or not. And ultimately, when we disappoint others, or they disappoint us-we look to the cross and then to the empty grave-worshipping in gratitude the One who will never let us down.