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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hear (07/08/10)

TITLE: A Soft Place to Fall
By Barbara Mahler


Doesn’t it seem rather strange – left in the middle, unfinished and incomplete that parents of young children allow them to play only in areas replete with protection –
where they can slide down safely and swing and jump into a soft place to fall?

We want so much to spare them cuts and scrapes, bumps and bruises – each and every one that we are willing to spend millions of dollars - our own as well as others to see that this is done.

But then these same children whom we wanted to spare pain grow up - and we forget all about providing them with a soft place to fall.

Why do we stop? Why don’t we know better?

Though it has another meaning – a very different requirement. Our children still need no matter how old - a soft place to fall.

Taking the time to listen – reminding them that we care, and reassurance always of an understanding heart all help to provide the children we love though gone from our side with a soft place to fall.

Statistics in rapidly advancing numbers - drugs, sex and alcohol abuse and suicide as well all show us that we deal with the problems – after the fact.

Why don’t we hear the cries of those we love and once protected so completely before they become a statistic?

“If only I had a soft place to fall.”

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AnneRene' Capp 07/15/10
Excellent message and I whole heartedly agree. Even adults crave and need that comfort landing of love, concern and a helping hand from loved ones when life becomes challenging.
Fern Brown07/15/10
The title and the message drew me in. A parent's job is never done. God bless you in your walk with Him.
Ruth Brown 07/17/10
What great truth's you shared!
I am blessed to have my mother still living and enjoyed that soft place just yesterday! I hope you pursue more pieces like this. I could see it in many Christian publications! Blessings,Ruth
Philip Barrington07/17/10
In John 10 it says that noone shall pluck us out of his hand. This may have to do with Salvation. But I like to have the idea that he does have us in a nice cosey, safe, strong hold.
Leslie Aune07/18/10
So true! A good reminder that we all need a safe place where we can find rest and encouragement.
Marie Fink07/18/10
A wonderful analogy to be applied to our life today. I bristle when I hear grandparents say they are happy to spoil the grandkids and give them back when they are full of wisdom and can provide "soft places to fall." More people need to read this.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/19/10
The title drew me because I always remind my children 26,20 and 16 that if they ever need it I'm here to give them a safe place to fall. And it is bittersweet when they do come to me and let me hold them because I can comfort them and help them feel safe, but it saddens me that they fell. Nice job of relating to parents.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge07/19/10
Well presented devotional...
Lollie Hofer 07/20/10
Sage advice. Great devotional thoughts.