The two greatest catalysts for change are trauma and grieving. Indeed, rarely do individuals make any substantive change absent the influence of either of these two forces. These two disruptors are the impetus associated with the change of one’s worldview and even one’s personality. They provide the pressure to mold our character into something it could not become in their absence. When we are in pain, we desperately seek relief. We become open to remedies that we otherwise would not even consider. As we turn to Christ in our suffering, we discover the balm of Gilead who soothes our wounds and heals our soul. In the stillness that follows despair, we find peace and solace beyond compare, and we praise God for using our grief and suffering as tools to convert us into a new creature capable of experiencing joy beyond our previous imagination.

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