Though I walk through the valley of death (or shadows)…
I know that in my own life it is during times of struggle when I have grown the most. If we bend but do not break we become stronger. It may sound cliche but it can be true that what doesn’t kill us often makes us stronger.
My own journey has wound its way through life, death and ultimately back to life. You can read some of that on my About page and in my upcoming memoir.
I know that my path will again lead me to death’s door and the final reality. However my faith assures me that it is not the end just a different adventure.
Meanwhile in this life and hopefully in the next –
Everyone’s pain, sorrow and hurt is unique; not quite the same. We all must walk through our own valley of the shadow and all we can do is walk with someone, supporting and encouraging along the way. Why is it then that we compare and compete with each other about whose pain is greatest?
Is there some special prize that I am not aware of? Is it our human nature to be on top, to feel superior to others whether in reality or just to have bragging rights? Who’s to say, other than we all carry pain and sorrow in this life and no one is left wanting in this.
We search for the things we believe we need and even deserve. Not realizing that deserve has nothing to do with it for if we truly got what we deserve we could be sorely disappointed. So, we search for redemption midst the fallacy of memories, and the juxtaposition of the past and future in the chaos of the moments we live each day.
Poetry, music, creative writing and a desire to inspire.....Isaiah 41:10: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.