The marriage of one of our children is in serious trouble.
The two of them have been together since their midteens and have been married 7 years.
So this in-law child was like one of our own
And now there is a possibility that that could change in the worst way.
I have not given up hope but it feels like a kind of death: watching their pain and not being able to fix it.
Experiencing our own sense of loss -
It feels as though there had been a death in the family.
And, in a way, there has
Because no matter which way things go, it will never be as it was before.
But at worst, this child will no longer be part of the family.
But for now, we are just taking one step at a time.
This is the scripture we have been given over and over again:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name. You are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned.