In re: perceived or real emotional & mental challenges, difficulties, disturbances, etc., I will continuously reiterate for all (& yes, please quote me): Emotional or mental challenges from otherwise-loved ones–with their associated bizarre & unreal expectations & misperceptions–are often the cause of the damage &/or loss of so many good family relationships.
It is difficult for us to empathize & forgive the emotionally/mentally disturbed because they don’t look mentally disturbed to us. But, empathize & forgive we must by identifying & “labeling” it by calling a spade, a spade. For, these folks are looking at the world through weird-colored glasses. They might see spades as hearts & they often deem diamonds as clubs.
Based on my observations, this is The Challenge for most of us in the world. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these (read in this case perhaps: emotionally or mentally disturbed) my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” And “If ye love me, feed my sheep.” (even the ones that repeatedly bite you). In his plea, the Lord does not exclude those with mental challenges. And, in the final analysis: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” You might think they know what they’re doing, but, in truth, THEY don’t even truly realize what they are doing. —Karl-Michael Sala, GermanGenealogist.com