Dear Stefanie,
The first time I laid eyes on you I saw light. I kid you not, you lit up the room we were sitting in! I thought maybe I had met you somewhere before because that’s how you make people feel; you make them feel instantly known and seen. And I just wanted to make sure you knew that and here’s why…
Sometimes, after we bury something (whether that something is a dream or a marriage or a child or a spouse or an addiction) we wear grief around us like an anchor. I know this, firsthand. I wore sadness like a scarf and heartache like a heavy coat. To see me was to see death personified. Now, don’t get me wrong, God has healed this in me, but I cannot lie and say that it didn’t take some time. But you! To know that grief visited you so deeply and so recently, and yet you carry light and life with you – can only mean one thing: you are called to walk people through their grief. What a tremendous, and difficult, calling this is. God must trust you so much to allow you to have a voice into the wounded.
A.W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt Him deeply.” I used to wonder what that meant, until I hurt deeply. Then I knew; I could not experience pleasure in the goodness, until I had sat in the darkness. If Tozer is right, then I cannot imagine the blessings you, Stefanie, will experience having not only lived through grief, but accompanied others through theirs. You are a gift.
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