Shirley Thiessen

Experiencing grief – for me- is like having my life splayed out in a million shattered pieces. Nothing is like it was. For a long while, I believed that any beauty in my fragmented life was impossible. I was wrong. With God, beauty comes from ashes. Yes, my life is a very different design of intricate, coloured pieces. Never could I have imagined how different the view of my life would be. But,  with God helping me, I choose not to let grief destroy my potential for beauty & purpose.

Samuel Logan Brengle

Every Christian sees around him sorrow and suffering which he cannot help, and his perplexity at the sight is the Lord’s prompting for him to take the very uttermost care of his own soul, lest he stumble and fall through doubt and discouragement. By the care of his soul I do not mean that he shall coddle and pet and pity himself, nor work himself up into some pleasant feeling. But I mean that he should pray and pray and pray, and seek the presence and teaching of the Holy Spirit, until his soul is filled with light and strength, that he may have unquestioning faith in the wisdom and love of God, that he may have unwearied patience in learning His will (Heb 6:12), and that his love may be equal to the great need he sees all about him.

C.S. Lewis

Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will really be yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

Chris Cruz

Jesus learned obedience through what he suffered. He was pressed and the virtue that he carried was pressed out of him. He suffered the stripes, and still carries the scars, for our healing. Jesus ended the cycle of pain by ending it within himself. He doesn’t perpetuate that pain by hurting others. When we suffer with virtue, we allow our pain to become a place of trust in God, which ultimately leads to healing. When we don’t face our own pain, we can’t heal the world.