RESTORING FRACTURED FAMILIES
Bone fractures are common; the average person has two during a lifetime. They occur when the physical force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself. The simple term for fracture is broken. The severity of a fracture depends upon its location and the damage done to the bone and tissue near it. Untreated fractures, especially compound fractures can be subject to infection if properly care for.
Family relationships can also become fractured or broken and if not healed can become as severe as an infected compound bone fracture. Compound fractured families are subject to infections such addictions, codependency, abuse, emotional distancing, abandonment and other dysfunctional behaviors which infect relationships. If not resolved they can develop dangerous relational complications and these complications not only infect the nuclear family (parents and children) but can also infect the extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws).
How do we break the chains that bind us and begin the healing process? We do it by finding peace with God, with ourselves, and with others by forgiveness, changing our perceptions and diligent prayer for one another.
There is hope and help for restoration of family relationships where family members are willing to seek healing. Understanding individual temperament and it’s dynamics in family relationship is the beginning. Take a monment to read this brief article TEMPERAMENT and FAMILY DYNAMICS, it is the first small step.