Sometimes life gives us the kinds of trials that are like a sprained ankle – it hurts, it’s aggravating to change how we walk, it takes our patience to wait for it to heal. But we can still make it to work, go out with friends and keep up with most of our life.
But life can also dish up real suffering that feels more like an entire leg amputation. Sure, we’re still breathing, but life is completely different. The pain is intense and we fear it might be forever, our emotions are raw as we process all the change and the healing will not restore life as it was but life as it now is.
This kind of suffering shakes us to the core. We find ourselves walking a path we could never have imagined, struggling to pick up the broken pieces of a life we never planned on. [Read more…]