I was in pain yesterday and it got worse as they day went on. By the time I arrived home the pain was so widespread and deep that it was hard to tell where it started and ended. It happens. I took a sleeping pill and went to bed early and this morning, while not completely gone, it’s eased. 

A number of years ago I was consumed with pain of another sort. I was in the midst of a deep depression and every waking moment was overshadowed with emotional pain and despair; I was barely able to function. I listened to in those days to an album by Mary Chapin Carpenter that contained a song called This is Love.   That song had a phrase that put into words what I could not speak.  This is the kind of pain from which you don’t recover. 

Fast forward to today. I could never have imagined the blessings that were waiting for me just down the road a bit.  It took time, and help, but I did recover from that emotional pain.  Recover, but not forget, because when I remember those dark days I can find hope in any circumstance that I find myself in today.  Whether it be a a bad week, worries about something, or the kind of physical pain that can knock me over, I have learned that in my life there is no pain from which I won’t recover in some manner.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. That's great, redeeming, encouraging news! Thanks for sharing this, Linda. You offer hope.

  2. So sorry for your pain, Linda. Glad it is better today.

  3. Excellent message! There's always hope, and there's always light in the darkness when you know God!

  4. I am sorry that you are experiencing so much pain. I have to say though, your words really touched me today. Three years ago I was in the darkest pit of sadness I could imagine. I had just become a widow and I, like you, could have never imagined the blessings that waited for me around the corner. Thank you for your words, they encourage.

  5. Life is such a mixture isn't it Linda. One day we are up and the next we are down. I hope your pain soon eases and you start to feel better. I think the stress of providing a good Christmas can make us feel tensed up and then the pain comes, doesn't it.
    Take care.
    Blessings, Star

  6. Linda…glad things are going better

  7. Wonderful and wise words, Linda, thank you for sharing. And glad you are feeln' better too. x0

  8. I suffer from mild depression. My mom did as well along with my 3 sisters. That is a pain hard to explain to anyone. AND you are correct…when one recovers from a pain such a depression, one can recover from most anything. Thank you for sharing Linda. Happy Holidays.

  9. Such a beautiful message, that life is always full of promise.

  10. You are an inspiration my dear.

    I wish you a joyous holiday.


    Sharon Lovejoy

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