Friday, July 08, 2005


Recently my daughter and grandson from Texas stayed with us for a couple of weeks. As I held 2 month old Jonah, I could feel how trusting and vulnerable he was. We know that babies can't take care of themselves, but holding a baby in your arms and looking into his eyes, you can really feel how much more there is to the relationship than caregiving. An infant needs touch, they can sense when something is wrong, and they need physical and emotional caring to live and thrive.

As I looked into this little baby's eyes, I thought about how vulnerable relationships can be. Just as a baby needs a great deal of nurturing, so do relationships. The heart of a relationship is trust.

If a person hasn't been nurtured and loved in the past, they often lose their natural sense of trust for other human beings.