When we lose someone close, the pain never goes away. But I do choose what it becomes in my life. If I focus on the fear of losing more, or the bitter futility of blame and guilt, then pain becomes an assassin, slowly poisoning my heart and mind.
But if I give the pain to Jesus—whether in calm or anguish, purposefully or messily—he transforms it into a companion who carries the peace and joy of good memories, strengthens my ability to hear God’s voice, and reminds me to make the most of each relationship and moment I have.
“I’ve told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth there are many trials and sorrows. But let your heart be encouraged, because I’ve already overcome the world” (John 16:33).