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Posted Dec-08-2010 9:00am by Teresa

"Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Pain can be a thief that robs us of our present happiness.

Pain can be a deceiver that blinds us to our own possessions.

Pain can be a veil that shrouds our future expectations.


Pain can be an arrow that pierces through our mundane preoccupations.

Pain can be a lens that brings our heart's desires into focus.

Pain can be a vehicle that carries us before the very throne of God, where we can break bread with One who is so very well acquainted with our pain.

How sweet is the bread of sorrow when shared with One who loves us like no other.  How strangely delightful is the taste of joy refined by suffering.

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Comment by Laura - 2011-03-25 09:58:01
That is beautiful and eye opening. I have always been aware that struggles, such as pain, refined us ~ but for some reason it, it seems eye opening and new. With the current "heart pain" I am wrestling with, I have never been so focused on prayer and time with God than I am right now. Without this "pain" I would not be enjoying the closeness with our Father... not in the way I am now. Thanks for sharing. ~Laura