"Where does it hurt?"

Learning where to deal with problems helps us understand how to find healing.

One evening, after supper, our young daughter was playing out in the backyard. Her father was washing dishes in the kitchen when he heard her tearful cries as she approached the back door. Apparently she'd hurt herself, and her father asked, "Where does it need a kiss?" Quite to his surprise, she led him to the place where the incident had occurred instead of showing him a place on her body. My husband assured the child that God was right there and everywhere, keeping her safe. She bounded off happily to play again.

Later, when my husband related this event to me, we got a good laugh from our preschooler's interpretation of "where" the problem was. But then I began thinking, "Yes, where does it hurt? Where do we actually need to address problems?"

Help for family breakups
November 16, 1992

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