Soul Strength: The Gain from Pain

As you may know, “trials of many kinds” took on a new meaning for Pam and I this summer when the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs came over the ridge west of the city and cascaded down into our neighborhood. We continue to rebuild and restore with God’s help.

Here’s a pic of the mountainside near our home, covered with snow and accenting the burned trunks of trees that remain on that hillside. It’s a constant reminder that God is not done with the restoration process – on that hill OR in our lives.

Paul of Tarsus, early apostle and church planter, was well acquainted with weights on his shoulders. Pam and I know that some of you have experienced weights greater than ours.
I love Paul’s words to a group of Christ followers in the Greek city of Corinth:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fist our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor 4:16-18).
What do you do to carry the weight of life? Are there ways we can pray for you? Hang in there, and know that these days are producing depth and strength of soul!

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