Tuesday, November 1: You Are Not Your Own

it is natural for man to steer clear from tragedy and pain but somehow, God allows it on everyone, even on good people.  why?

because we are meant to look beyond our loss and grief to find Him.  we find God in the strength we have gathered in enduring it… in the health that makes us get out of bed each morning…  in the spouse who sits and listens with all his/her heart… in the laughter of our grandchildren…  in the bravery and wisdom of our kids… in the comforting embrace and words of a friend…  in the dedicated and cheerful service of our helpers… in the enlightening homily of the priest… in the loving words on a sister’s email… in the person we have become from the rubble and ashes… and in the hope that opens us to new friendships.

“most of us collapse at the first grip of pain…   but through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son.”

we share in the sufferings of Jesus until we are grounded firmly on the truth that we are God’s… “until our cares for ourselves have been brought into submission to His way for the purpose of salvation.  He comes with the grip of the pierced hand of His Son, as if to say, “Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine.”

“If God can accomplish His purposes in this world through a broken heart, then why not thank Him for breaking yours?”  — My Utmost For His Highest


“my Jesus, the best part of me came from the many struggles you strewed my way.  thank You because through them, i found You.”

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