• Father Lance W. Harlow

Setting Back Time

Tonight is the night in the fall when we turn our clocks back one hour. You all know the rule: "Spring forward, Fall back." With the modern iphones it's easy, because the phone does it automatically, but there are still wall clocks, old-fashioned digital alarm clocks, kitchen stoves, microwaves and other things to reset manually. I get anxious every year that I will be late even with the automatic iphone doing the thinking for me.

While we can set back "the hands of time" on a clock, we can't set back the experiences of childhood, especially if those experiences were traumatic and painful. Sometimes the damage done during those traumatic events doesn't manifest fully until years later.

If only we could turn back time and prevent the trauma from occurring, but we can't. What we can do, however, is to love the children and teach them how to live in the present time so as to pave a future avoiding some behavioral maladaptive pitfalls that could be self-destructive for them--at a later time.

As a donor to the St. Nicholas Project, which supports the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children, you play a vital role in the timeline of a young child and early adolescent. Traumatic things can't be erased, but they can be healed in the present. Every donation you give to Kurn Hattin makes healing a reality; not just a wishful thought, but a real concrete action. The next time you look at your watch or reset the time, just think about how your donation is changing a child's life. It's in "real time" that this is happening and you are so important to us!


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