Madeline Levine wrote a book called the Price of Privilege. She was inspired to write the book by seeing the word “empty” carved on the arm of one of her adolescent clients. She is a therapist here in Marin County and her clients tend to be from wealthy families. In her journey to discover the meaning of this carving she took a survey of young people. What would they change if they could change one thing in their lives? Unexpectedly they did not choose to get rid of all homework..their desire was to be able to spend 15 minutes a day with one one of their favorite teachers.

They were desiring intimacy and relationship. They came from homes with lots of money and material things..yet something was missing. We all want to be known.. cared for..to be heard..to be held..to be comforted. I wonder if adults would be as honest as those kids were. We need the same things they knew they were missing. God designed us for relationship with Him and with each other. Deep relationship..the kind where you share your deepest desires..your losses..your dreams. Isolation can lead to depression..we were designed to be connected to each other..to cry together..laugh together.. to hug each other.

The next time you see someone with the word ” empty” on their face..take time to find out why. You may be the encouragement that God is sending their way. If you do you will come away filled up by the grace of God!

” He comforts us in all our troubles so we can comfort others.”

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