I’ve known many people who have experienced losses (of marital brokenness or other profound pain) who have chosen to just patch themselves up, put their heads down, and “get through it.” And yet . . . what if our good, compassionate God longs for all of us to be on a formational journey toward our true selves and offers us an “on-ramp” to that experience through our pain? Agony is unique in the way it grabs our attention. Typically though, we just want to shut the pain down in the fastest way possible. I can own that I have many strategic, effective ways of numbing mine. On my better days, I’m learning that pain is almost always an invitation.
—Beth Taulman Miller, What Loss Can Teach Us: A Sacred Pathway to Growth and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
How might “our good, compassionate God” be inviting you toward your true self, even in pain or loss? Join the conversation.
Like a parent feels compassion for their children—
that’s how the LORD feels compassion for those who honor him.
—Psalm 103:13 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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