August 15: Wounds

“Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22

The best things of life come out of wounding. Wheat is crushed before it becomes bread. Incense must be cast upon the fire before its odors are set free. The ground must be broken with the sharp plough before it is ready to receive the seed. It is the broken heart that pleases God. The sweetest joys in life are the fruits of sorrow. Human nature seems to need suffering to fit it for being a blessing to the world. (Streams in the Desert)

Brokenness blesses because it strips away independence, leaving us bent before Holy God. It is from there, prone and prostrate, that we rise in deeper submission to the Father and move resolutely forward in step with the Spirit. Believers do not walk away from wounds; we embrace the way of the Cross. We will never be like Christ without a wound. Surrender is not easy, but is the necessary prelude to living as reflections of light in a shadow world.

“Pay attention to the things that bring a tear to your eye or a lump in your throat because they are signs that the holy is drawing near.” (Frederick Buechner)

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