Transformed Grief

Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. – Isaiah 60:20

Transformed Grief

In 1835 Abe Lincoln was a member of the Illinois legislature and a man with a bright future. In love with the red-haired beauty Ann Rutledge, they joyfully anticipated their future together. . . then malaria struck. Upon hearing that Ann was sick, Abe came to her only to watch helplessly as her life – and his dreams – slipped away. A week after the funeral, a friend saw Lincoln rambling through the woods almost incoherent, mumbling sentences no one could understand. Weeks passed and Lincoln was lost in pain.

Lincoln eventually recovered. And though grief haunted him, faith sustained him. Pain had made him strong. The hard lessons he learned in the Illinois woods prepared him to navigate America through the travails of Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was transformed in the crucible of grief, and in turn, was used to transform an entire nation.

You can have hope in the midst of your hurting. It won’t remove the hurt, but it will help you work through it.

– Steve Arterburn

Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain. – Saint Bartholomew


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  1. Brian Sabin January 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I havent listened to your program in some time, but i was a passive listener in the past…i turned on my Christian talk radio station recently and was glad to hear that you are still on the air…im in Ft. Worth Texas…i have so many family issues ive been trying to deal with for so long…i have received some counseling from different church ministries off and on going back some 20 years…im 42 years old…divorced now going on 5 yrs…my mother (of Korean descent) took her own life Mothers Day 1981…my father (American serviceman(alcoholic, abusive, physically, mentally, emotionally) was shot and killed 3 yrs ago this coming week…i stopped drinking over 1 1/2 yrs ago and again have taken counsel on and off with some support group time…i stopped going to the church i was attending about 8 months ago for reasons of fear, doubt and lack of trust…i have peace in some areas that i used to struggle constantly in and realize that i do and will have daily struggles but there are still some major issues that are surfacing…grief and depression…divorce and child support (im behind and facing possible jail time)…i would like for you to pray for me and my children and would appreciate a recommendation for a supportive church and counselor in my area…if possible could i receive a scholarship to any counseling event that you think would be helpful that is being held in the area….any legal help if possible would be a plus also…i thank God for you and your ministry and look forward to hearing from you…Love in Jesus Christ…

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