“For I, the Lord your God,
hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you,
Fear not, I am the one
who helps you.”

How do you finish a puzzle without all the pieces? For those who walk through each day of their lives with a piece of their heart torn from them ~ this is not a rhetorical question. The addict. The victim of abuse. The childless mother. The survivor.  Life becomes a puzzle when your world is turned upside-down. You find yourself asking questions like, “When is the last time I brushed my teeth?” and crying in the dairy aisle at the supermarket. There are no five steps of acceptance. True, grief is a process, but it holds more similarity to the phases of the moon (constantly waning, then reappearing) than a handy little checklist. Loss takes many forms in our lives, and each brings its own special brand of torture…but pain, is pain. Those who have tasted it know, and in knowing can offer hope and encouragement to others. Jesus Christ is one of those people. He felt the sting of rejection. He suffered the loneliness of predjudice. He walked the tightrope of temptation. He tasted the agony of death. Whatever piece is missing from your life, it doesn’t have to be an unfinished puzzle. In God there is life (in the face of death), and where it was impossible before, He brings joy. He holds the broken pieces in His hands and points the way to a life of courageous peace.

 Echoes of Mercy:

\”Held\” by Natalie Grant


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