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2 Samuel 18:33 The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”
When we lose someone who acts as an earthly embodiment of God’s love in our lives, it is easy to give up hope for the future—and maybe even give up on God too. The painful pieces are always an important part of the larger, whole picture. To throw them away makes the larger work incomplete. A client of mine said it best. “That was when I knew that God existed,” he said, “when even the painful puzzle pieces just seemed to fit.”
MOVING FORWARD: How do you make your peace with difficult transitions like death or other losses?