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Seeing Pain with New Eyes

The preacher functions as a midwife; helping others through their pain because they have known pain themselves.

Seeing Pain with New Eyes

"I wanted faith to work like an epidural; to numb the pain … . As it turned out, my faith ended up being more like a midwife—a nurturing partner who leans into the discomfort with me and whispers 'push' and 'breathe.'"—Brené Brown

New parents have to decide their position on many parenting issues. It wasn't until I became a mother that I realized I had surprisingly strong feelings on the subject of wipe warmers. These devices hold baby wipes, sometimes even with "two heat settings for your baby's preferred comfort." I have no problem if you use a wipe warmer but here's the reason I chose not to use one: The world is an uncomfortable place. It's not my job to ensure my child has no discomfort but to prepare her for it as much as I can. If I have to ensure she never feels a slight sensation of cold during diaper changes, I'm going to be exhausted, trying to keep her from every discomfort.

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Cheryl Rafuse

July 07, 2016  8:28pm

Love this article! It nails it! Thank you!

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