We can endure something so horrific that we can convince ourselves that life is over for us. We can conclude that all joy is behind us and only pain awaits in the future. But, if we are willing, one day at a time, one layer at a time, God begins to bring healing, restoration, and perhaps best of all, fresh revelation. Little slivers of light turn into late dawns and, finally, noon day suns.When the love of God calls forth a love for God in a heart of brokenness, it spills forth ina way no happy heart can gush. I can remember the exact moment I realized I was going to survive a season of loss and grave defeat. With the pain still present in my heart but strumming now in clear, acoustical praise, I felt oddly more alive than I'd ever been in my life. The scars on my battered soul no longer appeared to me as random slashes but suddenly transfigured into engravings of unexpected praise and thanksgiving.Beth Moore, from Annointed, Transformed, Redeemed
Amen and amen.