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C. Dwayne Shafer, MD, PhD

As a pastor, I learned this lesson in a unique way. During family prayer time, a young son prayed for a hurt dog. After we had all prayed, an older son castigated the younger, saying that "God doesn't care about that!" I explained that if the issue was a burden to the child, it was worthy of being placed before God, and shared with a parent. This developed confidence and trust in my children that no grief they had was too "small" to share, if it hurt their heart. It is another reason we always pray from youngest to oldest in our family.

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