Each one of us here today will, at one time in our lives, look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question. “We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed?” It is true we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give — or more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know, who elude us — but we can still love them. We can love them completely — without complete understanding.
-Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It