–My child has been gravely ill since his childhood. Knowing the consequences of this disease, I realize that I might outlive him… How should I become his support and example?
– Do not go into hysterics. This is your reality you will have to accept. There are no options. This will remain, and nothing will change. How should you support him? Just love him. There is no need to speak too much on this topic. This is all very sad, and there is no need for making it worse. Just be his loving parents.
What example should you give? You know, he will suffer much from his illness and thus he will even become wiser than you are at some point. Suffering makes people wise. It will make you wiser too. Those people who do not know what suffering is, live more thoughtlessly. Meanwhile, those who have suffered have deep hearts.
Archpriest Sergiy Baranov