Prevention or Repair?

Frederick Douglas wrote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”  Jillian and I are blessed to have four incredible children.  Each one is unique and special in their own way.  Each has been a joy to raise and now admire as they nurture their children and weather the seas of marriage and family.

We are also blessed to have broken men in our life.  Men who never had the security of parents and home.  Men who were abandoned, abused, neglected and cast off.  Men who did not have the chance to be little boys.  Douglas was right.  Mending the years and years of pain takes years and years of understanding.  Mentoring a broken man is accomplished with hours and hours of relational connection.  If every Christian would take just one broken man or woman into their lives and walk with them for a season, or two seasons, or however many seasons…just think of the tears of joy…and surrender…and healing.

Look around…there are wounded little boys in men’s bodies all around you.  Many times parents are all they need…

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About Bill Harbeck

Founder and Director of Holding on to Hope Ministries. A non-profit work that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse unveil their past and begin the healing process. Author of the book Shattered; One Man's Journey from Childhood Sexual Abuse
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One Response to Prevention or Repair?

  1. whitmers says:

    What a powerful quote from Douglas – I’ve e-mailed it to several young dads.

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