But God's perspective on what the means is often quite different from ours, especially when we love a now adult child whose path to productive adulthood has been broken and erratic. At some point human parents need to work themselves out of the parenting business, but figuring out how that all worked took much focus and energy as my children aged into teenagers. At some point our understanding of what is helpful must move on from "doing for" to "encourage when they fall by assuring them they can pick themselves up and try again."
This reading today reminded me of this. Isaiah's observations are recorded in Isaiah 38 in the 16th verse: "