February 24, 2021

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Carolyn AdamsApril 2, 2013

One of the best articles I have read in a long time. I lost my 28 year old son in a tragic accident last year and had spent many sleepless nights worrying over him in his young adulthood. There eventually came a time when I recognized he was a grown man and all I could do was lead by example. When I quit preaching and began showing unconditional love and simply "swam for the shore" I began to see him in an entirely new light. I focused on his strengths and our relationship improved tremendously those last three or four years. When he passed away he was still not particularly active in the church but I was amazed at the outpouring of love from people of all walks of life whose lives he had touched for good. By ceasing to struggle with him in the depths of the merky water I kept us both from drowning. Simply swimming for shore not only made a difference in how he saw me but allowed me to see him through the eyes of the Savior. I will be forever grateful for that tender mercy that saved us both and know I will see my son again one day. Thank you for your poignant & powerful analogy.

RitaMarch 2, 2013

How I long for the peace that your article will help to bring into my life. Thank you for the scripture quotes as well as the analogy. I am also reminded in these wee hours of the night that I am not alone in my pain and sorrow.

KathyMarch 1, 2013

Thanks for expressing this idea so beautifully.

TheresaFebruary 28, 2013

thank you

Deb MackFebruary 28, 2013

This is the soothing balm needed for my soul. So many times we are told to hand over our troubles to the Lord, but this is an action plan "Save Yourself", that broken heart or not, each of us need to follow. How I long to feel the "drag" of a wayward child holding on for dear life as I struggle for the shore. Thank you Darla - inspirational.

Arden HansenFebruary 28, 2013

Really, really, really good. So many anxious parents need to know about this strategy. It gives me hope and a plan of rescue that doesn't ignore my helplessness or the Lord's exquisite power.

Mary Jeanne CluffFebruary 28, 2013

Thank you so much for writing this it has lifted my burden.

LisaFebruary 28, 2013

I needed this today. Thank you!

Sheila WallFebruary 28, 2013

Wonderful Darla! Such an amazing analogy. It will stick in many minds.

Barbara SmithFebruary 28, 2013

Darla, The wisdom you have been granted in dealing with life's trials has been and continues to be a shinning light for me. Just when I am out of answers and find myself pleading for strength and courage to go on, your beautiful words speak peace to my soul. Thank you for not giving up and shinning your light for so many who need it and for me personally

nicole bybeeFebruary 28, 2013

this article brought comfort to my soul today. Thank you

Charles McClellandFebruary 28, 2013

The comfort and guidance provided by this article is a tender mercy for me and my wife. I will long remember and be inspired by the parable you described.

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