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Walking On Eggshells

Apr 01, 2011 / Comments (0) / Written by

As life progresses, we experience a variety of seasons. There are seasons specific to young adulthood, and those exclusive to old age. But there are certain seasons that uniquely define the middle years. One of these is commonly referred to as the sandwich generation. In this season we find ourselves sandwiched between our young adult children and our aging parents. This period can be unpredictable and emotional.

In this season we are dealing with two separate generations who are struggling with the same issue. Both the young adult and the elderly parent are concerned about their independence; one is striving to reach it, and the other is struggling to keep it. Helping them find balance requires godly wisdom because the lines are blurred between our responsibilities and our boundaries. We find ourselves wavering between taking charge and letting go. Our hearts are moved as we remember this struggle from our youth and anticipate it in our future. It is like walking on eggshells - we must move forward carefully, preserving the fragile nature of the season.

"Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another" (Rom 12:10).

 

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