I just started reading Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope by Mary Beth Chapman.
So far it’s good. Real good.
Richard made fun of me because I cried my eyes out during the forward. He finds it hilarious that I couldn’t even make it through the forward. However, as everyone in this house knows, if he was reading, he would have been crying WAY before me.
Some quotes that have resonated with me thus far:
“Love of God is pure when joy and suffering inspire an equal degree of gratitude.” Simone Weil
“What I have found is that it’s in the most unlikely times and places of hurt and chaos that God gives us a profound sense of His presence and the real light of His hope in the dark places.” Mary Beth Chapman
“I have found that even during those times when the path is the darkest, He leaves little bits of evidence along the way-bread crumbs of grace-that can give me what I need to take the next step. But I can only find them If I choose to see.” Mary Beth Chapman
I haven’t walked the dark path of the loss of a child, but I have seen some dark valleys in the last few years. I have learned that the God of all Grace is all sufficient even in my deepest need in my darkest night.
I have been sustained on bread crumbs of grace, and was not found wanting.
Praise be to his Name.