Faith

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I heard this statement at a meeting I was attending and LOVED it because it is so TRUE: Faith sustains us in the midst of pain BUT faith does not remove our pain (or grief). We need to go through the grief.
 
Saturday a friend and I were out and about and took this photo of the beach at North Beach. It is still banged up from the hurricane, but in a sense even more enthrallingly beautiful. There was a dark shadow of a truck parked there which we both thought marred the shot…in retrospect even the shadow adds depth to the meaning.
 
For those who follow the Way of Jesus, broken leads to beautiful.
 
Jesus was BROKEN for us and that was beautiful. Isaiah says he was a man of sorrow…in order to bear our sorrow/grief.
 
Fun to ponder. Brokenness leads to wholeness which is even more whole than before broken.
 
Isaiah 53:3-5 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
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