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The witness of many people who have survived unimaginable suffering suggests that light does eventually dawn even within the darkness of the most paralyzing pain.

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I knew it would not be easy; but I never thought it would be this hard.

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It seems to come in waves washing ashore at certain times with greater force than at other times. It is not easy to predict. The signs of its approach are not always clear.

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For the person who is in pain:

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In preparation for Pentecost this coming Sunday, I looked back thirteen years and revisited a Pentecost sermon I delivered on 8 June 2003.

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He had lost his way in a miasma of angst, doubt, self-pity, and insecurity.

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I have a graduate degree in spirituality. I have read the wisdom of the ages. I have years of spiritual practice under my belt.

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I tell myself a lot of stories. I tell stories about how things are, how they ought to be, how life is not fair, how things should be different, could be different, might be different, and what I might do, should do, could do to make things different.

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When I choose to allow your behaviour to control my feelings, I give you enormous power in my life and make myself a victim.

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I am lying in bed. My body is feeling its way slowly towards sleep. But my mind is still turning in tight little circles around the same endless litany of unanswerable questions that haunt many of my waking hours.

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