“A powerful life embraces pain, brokenness and weakness and understands that perfection is for Heaven, not Earth.” Mary Southerlanad

“Short is life, long is love.” No Author

“A human life is a story told by God.” Hans Christian Andersen

“Don’t forget in the darkness what you learned in the light.” Joseph Bayly

“Faith never knows where it is being led, But it knows and loves the One who is leading.” Oswald Chambers

“I must think more about [her] and less about myself.” C.S. Lewis

“Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.” M. Kathleen Casey

“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.” Author Unknown

“God allows wounding in your life so that He can bring healing.” Beth Moore

“The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.” John Vance Cheney

“Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.” Antoine Rivarol

“To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
William Shakespeare, King Henry the Sixth

“It is some relief to weep; grief is satisfied and carried off by tears.” Ovid

“God comforts us in the pressures we have to endure… Remember that “comfort” does not mean relief from the pressure. It is not a feather bed to lie on or a cushion to absorb the blows. It means, literally, “with strength.” God gives to the person who trusts him strength to bear the pressures. Remember, too, that it is always given for the added purpose of equipping us to help others who need comfort.” L. D. Johnson

“I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The
gratitude has finally conquered the loss.
Rita Mae Brown

“Rest assured that in her dying, in her flight through darkness toward a new light, she held you in her arms and carried your closeness with her. And when she arrived at God, your image was imprinted on her joy-filled soul.” Molly Fumia

“ I loved the [her] with the utmost love of which my soul is capable; and [she]is taken from me—yet in the agony of my spirit in surrendering such a treasure I feel a thousand times richer than if I had never possessed it.” William Wordsworth* edited

“A person’s a person no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss

“‘Do not mourn like those that have no hope.’ It astonishes me the way we are invited to apply to ourselves words to obviously addressed to our betters. What [Paul] says can comfort only those who love God better than the dead, and the dead better than themselves. If a mother is mourning not for what she has lost but for what her dead child has lost, it is a comfort to believe that the child has not lost the end for which is was created. And it is a comfort to believe that she herself, in losing her chief or only natural happiness, has not lost a greater thing, that she may still hope to ‘glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ A comfort to the God-aimed, eternal spirit within her. But not to her motherhood. The specifically maternal happiness must be written off. Never, in any place or time, will she have her [daughter] on her knees, or bath [her], or tell [her] a story, or plan for [her] future, or see her grandchild.” C.S. Lewis

“As I was driving, I reflected back over our journey and I realized the kind of peace I meant. It’s not the pansy, pie-in-the-sky, life-is-perfect peace. No, this is the kind of peace that comes after war. It’s the hard-won, show-you-my-scars, didn’t-think-I’d-live-to-tell-about-it, peace. It’s not gentle—it’s wild, fierce, and I’m not giving it up, not ever, because I paid too high a price to get it.” Excerpt from Holley Gerth’s blog

“Faith is not based on ignorance, but rather on what we know to be true about God.  It means believing God, even though our eyes and emotions tell us differently. We will never have all of our questions answered this side of heaven, but if we simply strengthen our faith by believing and acting on what little we do know, we’ll be mountain moving, giant slaying women of beauty and strength.” Sharon Jaynes

“Hope is more than a word – it’s a state of being. It’s a firm belief that even if you don’t know how, even if you don’t know when, God will come through and better days are ahead. Life brings rain…Hope dances in the puddles until the sun comes out again.” Holley Gerth

“…Nancy Guthrie writes about how deep losses led her husband to experience God in a new way. She says, ‘Now that he has experienced his greatest fear, and experienced God’s supreme faithfulness to us through his difficulty, he no longer fears tragedy in our lives. We know God more fully because we’ve experienced Him more fully through our sorrow.'” from Holley Gerth’s book Rain On Me

“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.” author unknown

Some Favorite Quotes from The Shack by William P. Young:

“What happened three years ago totally changed the melody of his life and it’s a song I can’t wait to play for you” (p.12).

“…the next few days and weeks became an emotion-numbing blur…followed by a memorial service for Missy with a small…coffin and an endless sea of faces, all sad as they paraded by, no one knowing what to say. Sometime during the weeks that followed, Mack began the slow and painful merging back into everyday life” (p.63).

“He could feel the warmth of tears beginning to gather behind his eyes, as if they were knocking on the door of his heart…’It’s okay honey, you can let it all out…I know you’ve been hurt, and I know you’re angry and confused. So, go ahead and let it out. It does a soul good to let the waters run once in a while – the healing waters” (p. 83).

“When all you can see is your pain, perhaps then you lose sight of [God]” (p. 96).

“…pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly…And if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place” (p. 97).

“If a rainbow makes a sound, or a flower as it grows, that was the sound of her laughter” (p. 154).

“It was Jesus playing in the middle of his children. Without hesitation, Missy leaped into his arms. He swung her around twice before putting her back on her feet, and then, everyone laughed before hunting for smooth stones to skip across the surface of the lake. The voicing of their joy was a symphony to Mack’s ears, and as he watched, his tears flowed freely” (p. 168).

“The darkness hides the true size of fears and lies and regrets…The truth is they are more shadow than reality, so they seem bigger in the dark. When the light shines into the places they live inside you, you start to see them for what they are” (p. 175).

“…you don’t need to have it all figured out. Just be with Me” (p. 178).

“When you start to sink, let Me rescue you” (p. 180).

“She is and will always be your joy. That’s enough purpose for her” (p. 186).

“Emotions are the colors of the soul; they are spectacular and incredible. When you don’t feel, the world becomes dull and colorless. Just think how The Great Sadness reduced the range of color in your life down to monotones and flat grays and blacks” (p. 196).

“And Mack? Well he’s a human being that continues through a process of change, like the rest of us. Only he welcomes it while I tend to resist it…He embraces even the darker shades of life as part of some incredibly rich and profound tapestry; crafted masterfully by invisible hands of love” (p. 247-248).


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