i came across this CS Lewis quote a few weeks ago and have not been able to stop thinking about it.
"love anything and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. if you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. but in that casket-- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. it will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. the alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation."
relationships are messy. we are sinners and left to our own devices, we will hurt those we love. however, the joy of doing life together and the benefit reaped from this far outweighs the hurt we may experience along the way. may i "most gladly spend and be spent for your souls..."(2 cor 12:15a)